April 16-A, 2023

Wu Wei is action without effort,
doing without thinking,
without striving,
without trying.

"Do or do not!" said Yoda,
"There is no TRY!"

That is Wu Wei,
doing or doing not
as required by the moment,
by the here/now.

That is how we live in every moment.
Being wholly "of the moment"
as one "thus come"
right here,
right now,
as though we were "plopped"
into the moment with no warning,
without being briefed,
without rehearsing,
or planning 
without knowing what's what,
just seeing/hearing here/now
and responding without knowing
what we are doing,
yet doing exactly what needs to be done,
"out of nowhere." 

Being so attuned to the moment
that our response to the moment
is like a shortstop fielding 
a hard grounder
and turning a double play.

The right action at the right time
in the right place in the right way,
"of itself."

We do things like that all of the time.
The dishwasher goes on
while we are taking a shower
and we automatically adjust
the hot water accordingly,
without thinking,
just doing the right thing
at the right time in the right way.

in response to the moment.

We can do it,
and we can trust ourselves 
to do it.

Time after time.

We are made that way.

But we have to be like the spirit
that is like the wind
blowing where it will.

No contrivance.
No scheming.
No agenda.

Just seeing/hearing/doing.

In each situation as it arises.

Adjusting the hot water automatically
throughout the 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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