February 16-B, 2023

Bass Lake 04/22/2019 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We come packed with emotions
and have to figure out 
what to do with them
on our own.

We could use better coaching early on.

Coaching with balance and harmony in mind,
with very little emphasis on,
or interest in,
having our way.

Living with emotions swirling around
and flowing from
having our way
all the time
is no way to live.

Take the Fascists/Republicans
and Vladimir Putin
as modern examples 
of where that can carry you,
and you can see where really good coaching
would be a great thing to have in place
early on.

Having our way NOW!
Is the worst foundation 
for a life well-lived
in any species.

Humanity takes "worse"
to a level unimaginable
by the rest of the species
on the planet.

Too many of us cannot comprehend
living without having our way NOW,
or at all.

The Buddha and Jesus tried selling the idea,
to no avail,
and the gimme/gimme/gimme my way NOW crowd
has taken us to the brink of the Void
with no way of slowing the lemming's rush to the sea
in sight.

Now, all the coaches need better coaching,
and the self-help section
is crammed with books
about faster ways to get our way NOW,
and none about sacrificing our way ever
in the service of that which is 
more important than we are throughout time.

That idea is completely absurd
and has no chance among those
who don't care what their chances are
(Which would be the fundamental
characteristic of better coaches). 

The First Spiritual Law
is "Be what you need!"
We have to take up the way
of becoming better coaches
for any who will listen 
to what we have to say.

What have you learned 
to this point in your life?
What do you know to be 
the adamantine foundation of your life?
Start there.

And, take up the practice
of breathing in and out 
as you normally do,
but pausing for a count of five
in sync with your heart beat,
between exhaling and inhaling,
for five rounds
five times a day.

Breathing is basic,
and being aware of our breathing
grounds us in the here/now,
and being here/now
is the only place to be.


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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