January 08-B, 2023

Into the Light 06/09/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
What do you need to know?
How will that change your life?
How will it change your relationship
with your life?
How will it change your idea
of what is important?
How will it make you better able
to assess what needs to be done
and do it
when, where and how it needs to be done,
with the gifts of your original nature
and the innate virtues/traits/characteristics
that are yours from birth?

If it won't do those things,
what makes you think you need to know it?

We have to be seeking what we need to know
to bring us forth in our life,
seeing and doing what needs us to do it
in the time and place of our living.

If we aren't doing that, what???

Waiting on somebody to give us what we want
for the low, low, price of wanting it?

That seems to be par for people in the world today.
Waiting to be handed what they want,
never mind whether it is worth wanting.

If it weren't for endlessly wanting,
what would our life consist of?

How often do we buy things
that do not help us in any way
do what is needed--
do what needs to be done--
in our life?

How often do we step into a situation
looking for what needs to be done there--
without any reference as to how that
would impact us?

How often do we look at our life
without what we want in mind?

What do we think about
that has no association 
with what we want?

We live in a culture
driven by wanting.

Capitalism depends on
selling us what we want.
That means Capitalism depends on 
creating wants in everyone

Incessant wanting
is the capitalistic dream.

And, it is the end of life
as it needs to be lived,
free to see and do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
uninfluenced by what we want
or don't want.

The only reason we do anything
is based exclusively
on what we want or don't want.

What do you need to know
that doesn't have anything
to do with that?


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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