March 24-B, 2023

Along Taylor Creek 05/22/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah
There is our business
and there is none of our business.
It helps to know the difference
and to stay on the "our business"
side of the line.

Who are we?
What are we about?
What is our business?
What is none of our business?
Where do we belong?
Where do we have no business being?
What is ours to do?
What is not ours to do?
Who says so?

If you can't answer these questions,
where have you been?
What have you been doing with your life?
What have you learned
that has been most helpful
in being who you are,
doing what is yours to do?

"Who says so?"
is the most important question
in the lot.
What is the authority
upon which your life is based?

It needs to be your own personal experience.

We learn what works and what doesn't work,
what is "us" and what is "not us,"
what is "our thing" and what is not "our thing,"
by getting in there and doing something,
and seeing what happens.

And, "asking/seeking/knocking"
in getting to the bottom of what's what,
and what needs to be done about it.

We can't take anything for an answer,
even our own conclusions in the matter,
any matter.

Everything is a "tentative hypothesis"
awaiting further experience/experimentation.
But, we develop some pretty sound theories
over time.

For instance, "Noise/complexity/drama"
get us off track like that (blinks),
and "Silence/emptiness/stillness"
get us back on track almost as fast,
and we don't spend enough time 
in our own company.

And "Reflection is the sure path 
to new realizations."

And realization is enlightenment,
and that is all we need 
to know what our business is,
and what our business is not.

And that puts everything 
in balance and harmony,
and that is all we need
to do what needs to be done,
when/where/how it needs to be done
in each situation as it arises.

And that's all there is to it.


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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