January 25-B, 2023

Another Barn 10/17/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Brevard, North Carolina
The easiest thing in the world
is thinking it is about one thing
when it is about another.

Clarity is the foundation
of a life worth living.

And fooling ourselves,
no--telling ourselves what we want to hear,
which amounts to the same thing--
is what we do best.

Truth and clarity interfere with
having our way
and getting what we want.

So, the first thing is
getting our way
and what we want
out of the way
entirely.

Practice living without having a way,
without getting what you want.
Live with only what needs to be done
here/now in mind.
From one here/now to the next one.

Truth and clarity are grounded
in/on what is important.
Everything falls into place around that.

Knowing what is important
and being right about it
are superpowers,
directing your life,
guiding your living.

How important are the things
you declare to be important?

We can think our heart is in 
things that don't matter at all.
This is called fooling ourselves.

The clarifying question is:
How wholeheartedly do we live
in the service of things
we tell ourselves our heart is in?

Heart shows up in living wholeheartedly.
How often can that be said
about what we are doing?

Examine your life from the standpoint
of wholeheartedliness. 
How much of what you do 
do you do wholeheartedly?

Enthusiastically?
Energetically?
Joyfully?

Those are the important things.
The remainder are pretenders to the title.
Shuck them like you would an ear of corn.
And live like you mean it
with the things that matter most.

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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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