January 10-A, 2023

Sundown 10/25/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Caroina
what arises spontaneously within
in response to what is happening,
or needs to happen,
in each situation as it arises.

Living in response to the moment
leaves a lot of time 
between actions.

What needs to happen is usually
not quick on the heels of 
what just happened,
but waits for circumstances to
develop in their own time
in order to call for what needs
to be next.

Spontaneity has a lot of down time
about it.
"Island time" is that way.

Fast tempo impulsive living
has no time to consider the Tao's flow
or the moment's need.

In order to live well,
we have to change the pace
of our life.
We have to change the way
we are living.

It will take a different world
to accommodate the Tao.
Or a life that lives to the rhythm
of a different world,
and is, thereby, out of sync
with this world
and its idea of what needs to be done
when, where and how--
with no interest in 
what actually needs to be done,
when, where and how.


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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