January 08-A, 2023

Two Ducks in Flight 02 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
Do not try to do anything.
You cannot try to be hungry.
You cannot try to go to sleep,
or stay awake.
You cannot try to remember
something that is "right there."

But.
You can be hungry,
go to sleep,
stay awake
and remember.

But #2.
The doing is not
connected to the trying.

We try all the time
and get nowhere.
Stop trying. 
Right action has to arise
of its own accord.

"Mutual arising" is the need
with the response that spontaneously
meets the need.
They are as one.
You have experienced it
throughout your life.
No trying at any point.
Just knowing/doing.
With the right action
appearing at the right time,
in the right place,
in the right way,
of itself.

We cannot aim for that.

But #3.

We can participate in that,
by simply being loose in the saddle
and light on our feet.
Just being free and easy.
Not looking to do anything in particular.
Not conniving.
Not striving.
Not trying.
Just being there,
ready for anything,
with nothing in mind.

When the moment calls your name,
respond as needed.
When the door opens,
walk through.

That's all there is to it.

Just being present
and doing what is called for.

Anybody can do that.
Everybody ought to.

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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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