January 31-D, 2023

Catawba Heron 06-06-2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Catawba River Below the Wylie Dam, York County, South Carolina
I am taken by the flow of life
through the circumstances
and situations of each day--
and how so few people seem to be
aware of it.

My sister-in-law, for instance
(You know the one I mean),
sees every moment as an opportunity
to assert her way upon whatever 
is happening,
with no clue regarding 
how she might assist what is happening
toward its own purposes and goals.

The choice waits to be chosen
by all.
Few know, or care,
that a choice even is to be made.

In each moment of every situation
as it arises
there is the possibility 
of assisting the flow of the situation,
or diverting it,
or dismissing it altogether
and creating a disturbance
of varying degrees of seriousness
from mild to chaotic
to heaving madness beyond anyone's capacity
to redeem,
or salvage. 

Every situation is at the mercy
of those participating 
in its oversight,

Which brings to mind the old saw,
"While it takes a minimum of two
to have a fight,
one person can keep a bad situation
from deteriorating completely 
into all out war
that is totally out of hand."

What this means for us
is the importance of sensing 
the movement,
the flow,
of each situation as it arises
(Or that we step into),
and making the conscious choice
to assist/maintain the momentum
of the moment toward an outcome
that is a natural extension of the here/now,
or stop the drift of the Tao
and redirect things to a different outcome,
regardless of the impact upon 
the situation as a whole. 

Our situations and circumstances
are all we ever have to work with.
We tilt things to better or worse
by the way we size things up
and respond to them
one situation/circumstance at a time.


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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