January 28-B, 2023

Wetlands Sunrise 12/26/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Four-mile Creek Greenway, Charlotte, North Carolina
There is mindlessness everywhere I look!

Our only hope is being attentive
to what is going on,
and to what is called for,
where, when and how!

Clarity combined with courage and consciousness
form a union unparalleled 
in the field of time.

The world is a wasteland  
waiting for, 
as Joseph Campbell would say,
"individuals living authentic lives
out of he spontaneity of their own hearts--
when that heart is a noble heart
and that spontaneity is based on compassion,
rather than conquest and possession."

In the moment of their awakening,
they are linked by their original nature,
innate virtues (traits, character)
and essential identity
with the very life that is necessitated 
by the circumstances of their existence.

Just as "it took the Cyclops
to bring forth the hero in Ulysses"
so it takes the occasion of our present moment
to bring us into the full flowering
of our possibilities and potential
in meeting the moment of our living
as those who will not be put off
or misdirected,
or sat aside
by any combination of fear,
and desire
from our task of seeing and doing
what needs to be done
and needs us to do it
in each situation as it arises--
no matter how useless or pointless
it appears to be--
through all of the situations
that will yet arise,
in the cause of being faithful to ourselves
and alert to what beckons in the dimension of action
through all the days of our lives.

May it be always so!


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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