January 17-B, 2023

Congaree National Park 11/19/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Hopkins, South Carolina
We live best when we live
consciously learning how to
balance our contradictions,
opposite tendencies pulling us
in different directions.

On the one hand this,
and on the other hand that.

It is like that with all of us
all of the time.

The place of conscious awareness
is to make the peace
and do what is called for
by the nature of our circumstances
in each situation as it arises,
in a "The spirit is like the wind
that blows where it will"
kind of way.

It isn't "The Holy Spirit"
that is the subject of this 
keen observation,
but our own spirit/self/nature.

We serve contrary ends
at the same time,
often shooting ourselves in the foot
in the process.

And need to adopt the role
that is ours to play
as a conscious ego
in charge of our performance
throughout our life.

We have what it takes
to rise to any/every occasion,
but we cannot do it
without thinking about
not thinking about it.

We have to get out of the way
and trust ourselves to respond
to whatever is before us
through all of the contexts
of every day--
no plan beyond having no plan,
no agenda beyond having no agenda,
no expectations beyond having no expectations,
no opinions beyond having the opinion
that no opinion is the way to go...

Try this for an exercise in doing
what I'm suggesting that you do:
The next time you are free to wear
whatever you want into the day,
stand before your clothes closet
not knowing what you are going to wear,
just watching what you select to put on.

Do the same thing with where to eat.
With how to drive to work,
and home from work...

Live throughout the day observing
what you would do spontaneously,
in response to the situation at hand.
Do not "know what to do"!
Wait and see what you do!

This is giving your natural side
a chance to shine.

Our natural side would live quite differently
than our reasonable,
rational side would live.
And there is a time and place
for each side to come forth
to meet what is before us
and our place is to know
when to get out of the way rationally
and respond naturally,
and vice-versa,
to what's what all day every day.

It is a different way of doing business,
and an essentially right way--
one that we have to learn to adapt to
by knowing when to do what,
where and how.

Our role is that of serving balance and harmony
in how we do what we do
all day every day.

We consciously/rationally
turn reason and logic on and off
and turn intuition and instinct
and feeling our way along off and on
in meeting each day
throughout the time left for living.

The better we get at switching off and on,
the better our outcomes,
the better our choices,
the better our life,
the better the world.

Why would I lie?


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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