January 28-A, 2023

Dugger’s Creek Falls 01 05/11/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls Parking Area, North Carolina
Our work can be an expression of 
our original nature
and innate virtues/traits/character,
and it can be what we do to pay the bills
in order to serve/express/exhibit
our original nature
and innate virtues "in the background,"
"on the side,"
"in our spare time."

Too often, 
we have to "walk two paths at the same time"
to pay the bills
and do what is ours to do.

The trick with the two paths at once trick
is to keep one eye on "this path,"
while the other eye remains on "that one."
Always reminding ourselves of "the other path,"
keeps us mindful of balance and harmony
and maintaining a healthy relationship
with both sides at once.

The other trick is to return to the silence,
stillness and emptiness often enough 
to stay in touch with both paths
and what they are asking of us
in order to maintain our emotional/physical
balance and harmony
in doing what has to be done
on both levels simultaneously.

We do the work to make it work,
feeding body and soul
day by day.


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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