January 02-B, 2023

Coming Out 05/06/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Out the backdoor, Greensboro, North Carolina
Everything is grist for the mill--
and we are milling ourselves
on the way 
which is the Way,
and the only way,
from Eden to Gethsemane.

Everything is food for the journey,
leading us--
if we let it--
to the truth of who we are
and how things are with us--
and what's what,
and what needs to be done about it,
when, where and how.

Circumstances are always producing circumstances,
and we are always responding to them
in ways that produce more of them,
for good or ill,
for good and ill,
over time.

What we do here creates conditions
that lead straight
in the most convoluted
and round-about,
up-side-down
way possible.
to what needs to be done there,
and there,
and there,
throughout our life.

We are molding our destiny,
or our fate,
with each choice/decision/act/refusal to act.
Free to will and to do
whatever we will and do
moment-to-moment,
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

Living out
and producing
who we are
all the way.

How consciously do we do what we do?
How mindfully aware are we of the process?
How cognizant are we of doing anything at all?
Enlightenment leads the way.
Seeing/hearing/knowing/doing/being--
or not--
day by day.

Fate?

Or destiny?

Is what we do with our circumstances
every day.

Carl Jung said,
"We meet our fate 
on the road we take to escape it."

Joseph Campbell said,
"That which we seek
lies far back in the darkest corner
of the cave we most don't want to enter."

On his way to Golgotha,
Jesus of Nazareth said,
"If you are going to do it
the way it needs to be done,
you have to pick up your own cross
and follow me"
(Or words to that effect).

What we do with our life
tells the tale.
Is the tale.
Of who we are
and what we do about it.

Everything is grist for the mill,
food for the journey,
for those with eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and a heart--a Noble Heart--
that understands.

"Om mani padme hum..."

"The jewel is in the lotus,
and the lotus 
is in the slime
at the bottom of the pond."

"Those who know,
know they can't say
what they know.
Those who say,
don't know."

"You have to know what I mean
before you can understand
what I'm talking about" 
(One of the Lost Sayings 
of Jesus of Nazareth).

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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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