January 10-C, 2023

Hemlock Islands 03 10/14/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Penobscot Bay, Deer Isle, Maine
"Empty your mind as  you step to the line"
is an old adage regarding
shooting free-throws in basketball.

It flows from an older adage about archery
in the Taoist canon:
"The ability of the archer to hit the bullseye
varies in inverse proportion 
to the size of the prize for doing so."

Or, the shorter version of both:
"No Thinking!"
Allow your response to the situation
to arise unbidden
at the right time,
in the right place,
in the right way.

Your body knows how to shoot free throws.
Give your body the ball
and get out of the way!

No rehearsing.
No contriving.
No forcing.
No striving.

When the fish strikes,
set the hook!
When the door opens,
walk through!

"Eat when hungry,
rest when tired."

And, try this:
Only do today
the things
you can do with 
all your heart.

Let everything else
wait until tomorrow

(You may want to do this
on a weekend).


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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