April 26-A, 2023

Piney Woods 09/23/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Lake Haigler Entrance, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Balance and harmony lead the way to The Way.
Noise, complexity and drama
destabilize and disrupt the flow of life,
and wanting what we have no business having
keeps the heaving waves of the wine dark sea
in constant motion.

We have to call a three day time-out
just to regroup and reorient our life
in the service of what matters most,
seeking the adamantine foundation
of our original nature
and our innate virtues/specialties/the 
things we do well
in order to get back to the AUM
of the here/now
and be attentive to what is called for
in the situation at hand--
in a "Here we are, now what?" kind of way.

Being in tune with the circumstances
puts us in position to see what is happening
and what needs to be done about it--
with wants/desires/expectations/opinions
taking the back seat to what the situation requires
and one step at a time-ing it 
to balance and harmony,
back into the flow of life and being.

It takes being mindfully aware of the development
of disruption
to keep things from becoming
wine dark sea crazy,
and that means being attentive
to what's what and what needs to be done about it
in each situation as it arises,
or it will be riding the rolling waves
between the clashing rocks again and again.


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.

3 thoughts on “April 26-A, 2023

  1. My last two communiques have not included your insights or inspiring words. Just the pictures, title, date. I hope this is temporary. Awaiting your instructions.


  2. I complied and was “told” that I was already subscribed. I did receive what you sent me earlier and tried to let you know. We’ll just see how this goes. Good day.


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