December 30-A, 2022

Whitewater 01 09/25/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — New River Gorge National Park, Lansing, West Virginia
The catch with living aligned with the Tao
is that you have to be sincerely okay
with things being as they are.

Every here/now is just right 
exactly as it is.

You can't have opinion or will in the matter.
Your way is one with The Way,
or it's a no-go.

The Way is how things are
and how they need to be.

In every situation,
there is how things are
and there is what is called for.

Our place is to be sensitive
to what is happening
and to what needs to happen
from the standpoint of the energy/vitality
of the situation,
and to assist the coming to be,
the coming forth,
the birth,
of what needs to happen
in light of where things need to be going,
with the gifts of our original nature,
our perspective,
and our innate personality characteristics
(our virtues)
in the service of the good of the situation.

We assist,
cooperate with,
collaborate with,
the coming-to-be of the here/now.

The here/now is fluid,
alive and changing,
constantly in flux,
like the current in a river,
especially like the one in the image above,
that is not the same between steps--
and what we do is in sync 
with that movement,
with that being-and-coming-to-be,
Dancing to music that changes
from one minute to the next,
we are one with the Tao
as dance partners are one with themselves,
each other 
and the music,
even as it changes,
all day,
every day,

What a life!
You can't touch it with 
brilliant investment strategies,
a yacht and a private jet. 


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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