January 15-A, 2023

Rock Castle Gorge Fall 02 11/02/2011 Oil Paint Rendered, Blue Ridge Parkway, Tuggle Gap, VA
We want and don't want.
Our life revolves around,
flows from,
consists of nothing but,
wanting.

We do not know how to live 
without wanting.

If we did not live in the sevice
of getting--and getting more of--
what we want,
we would not know what to do with our life.

We never ask,
"How would we know what to want?"
We want it all!

I call BS on wanting.
All of it.
Every aspect of it.
It is an artificial creation
of capitalism,
designed to keep people
buying, buying, buying.

Before wanting,
there was doing what was needed,
whether you wanted to or not.
No one considered if they wanted
to milk the cow,
or feed the chickens,
or weed the garden.

Everyone did what needed to be done.
Wanting was not in the picture.
It is well past time
to return to nature's way
of doing what needs to be done
where, when and how it needs to be done,
without considering what we want.

If the baby's diaper needs to be change,
change the baby's diaper!
If the dog throws up on the carpet,
clean up the mess!
When the traffic light changes,
go or stop
with wanting irrelevant to the occasion.

Forget wanting!
What does wanting know?
When did wanting become
the determinant for action?

Dismiss, 
discount,
disregard,
dis entirely
what you want/want not,
and go exclusively
with what needs to be done,
here/now,
in each situation 
as it arises.

Do that for the joy of doing it,
and the satisfaction of having done it,
and your life will take a turn 
for the better instantly,
on the spot!

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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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