April 07-A, 2023

Steele Creek Trestle 02/13/2014, Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Norfork Southern,
Fort Mill, South Carolina
What needs to happen
right here,
right now?

That is the question
we take with us
into every situation 
as it arises--
into each moment
in every situation 
as it arises.

Not, "What do I want to happen?"
What needs to happen?

have us where we are.

How many of us
want to be where we are?

That's what I'm saying.

We wanted ourselves
right here, right now.
And we want to be somewhere else,
some way else.

Wanting cannot be trusted
to know what needs to be known
and to do what needs to be done.

Wanting is escapist.
Wanting is a diversion,
a distraction.

What needs to be done?
That is the question.
And we need to be right about it.
And we need to do it.
Moment by moment,
situation by situation.

Ah, but.
Who is to say?
Who says so?
Who knows?

We do.
We see.
We know.
We say.
We do.

And, we have to be right about it.
That is all there is to it

Knowing what needs to be done.
Being right about it.
Doing it.
In each situation as it arises.
Is all there is to it.

How do we do it?
Ask the questions that beg to be asked.
Say the things that cry out to be said.
Know what's what
by knowing what we know
about what's what,
and acting spontaneously,
one might say, "Thoughtlessly,"
from the heart
in doing what is called for,
what is appropriate to the occasion,
in each situation as it arises,
without waiting to be sure
we know what we are doing--
just trusting that it is so--
situation after situation
all our life long.

Trusting ourselves to 
get better at it over time.

That's all there is to it.
Beginning right here.
Right now.


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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