April 22-A, 2023

Rockport Harbor 01 10/13/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Rockport, Maine
We all face situations 
that call for a response from us.
Some are serious situations,
some are recurring situations,
some are trivial,
some are life changing...

Our place is to know what is called for
and to respond as well as we can
out of the gifts of our original nature
and the innate virtues/specialties
that are outs from birth,
doing what needs to be done
the way only we can do it,
situation after situation,
dealing with what arises in a day,
day after day,
and letting that be that.

That is all Jesus and the Buddha did,
and it is all that is asked
of each of us.

We all get up and meet the day,
and do there what is called for,
and do it again tomorrow.

There is a certain rhythm and flow
to meeting the day,
knowing what is called for,
doing what we can as best we can,
and doing it again tomorrow.

If we can just meet the day
without expectations and opinions,
agendas and plans
getting in the way--
without trying to make the day
do what we want it to,
and, instead, do what the day
needs from us--
things go better,
more smoothly,
in a gentler, kinder,
kind of way.

And the emotional stress
that goes with striving
to wrestle the day
into what we want it to be,
diminishes and disappears,
as we just dance with the day,
seeing what it needs from us
and doing what is needed,
day by 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: