April 03-A, 2023

Ocracoke Lighthouse Oil Paint Rendered — Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras
National Seashore, North Carolina
Thinking about getting/having/achieving/succeeding/etc.
misses the point.

The old Buddha
and the old Taoists
knew the point is seeing clearly
what's what
and what needs to be done about it
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what.

If we are going to collect something,
let it be situations
in which we have risen to the occasion,
been what the moment called for,
time after time,
knowing that is what is important--
not the recognition
and the awards,
not the "fortune and glory,"
or the accolades and the fame.

But the seeing and the doing,
the knowing and the getting it done.

How many moments are in a day?
See how many you can rise to
and be right about what needs to be done,
and do it!

Day after 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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