January 16-A, 2023

Hemlock Islands 04 10/13/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Penobscot Bay, Deer Isle, Maine
Joseph Campbell said, "Living an authentic life
out of the spontaneity of one's own heart--
when based on compassion
and not possession and conquest--
transforms the wasteland
into, you might say,
into a 'land flowing with milk and honey.'"

It becomes a land of blessings and wonder
when we wake up to our own heart,
and let it take the lead
in guiding us through our life.

Milton Ericson said 
that when he was just a lad 
a horse wandered into his yard 
and his father told him 
to take the horse home. 
Milton climbed onto the horse's back 
and kept it from stopping to eat grass--
the horse took itself home. 

Our life is a horse that wandered into our yard.

Our life can be trusted 
to take us where we need to be. 

Our role is to relax into our life, 
know when we are getting in the way, 
and stay out of the way. 

Our ideas for our life 
and our life's ideas for itself 
are not the same ideas. 
We have to know where our ideas
part company with our life's ideas.

We have to trust ourselves to our life.

We all have the ability 
to stand up, 
meet the day on the day's terms, 
and do there what needs to be done. 

It is our place to explore 
what keeps that from happening, 
and stop doing it--
stop interfering with what our life
is trying to do through us.

It is our place 
to trust ourselves to our outcomes, 
knowing that outcomes 
have outcomes, 
and that the outcomes beyond the outcome 
matter more than the outcome. 

There are no ends. 
We are to perfect the means, 
doing what needs to be done, 
the way it needs to be done,
no matter what. 

We are to let that be what we live for!


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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