May 03, 2023 – A

Camden Harbor Sunrise 09/23/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Camden, Maine
Meeting the day
without expectations,
and ideas for the way things should be,
is to be ready for anything,
except, perhaps, a test
on any of the above.

To walk unprepared into the day,
just as we are,
as ones thus come,
waiting to see what the day asks of us
and how we respond,
is to drop like Jesus
or the Buddha,
or Lao Tzu
into the day.

And the day will not know 
what to do with us.
It will likely look at us with side eyes,
walk around us,
suspicious of our intent,
of which we have none,
and sit down,
waiting to see what we do.

I suggest that we sit down as well,
and wait to see what the day does.

We could practice our breathing:
Inhale for a count of five, remember.
Exhale for a count of five,
pause for a count of five between breaths,
repeat for as many rounds
as it takes for the day to get bored
and start pestering us
just to see if we are alive.

And we can swing into action,
watching what is happening,
looking for what needs to be done
in response,
and we are off!
"The game is afoot!"

Matching wits with the day
is the greatest sport there is--
and the best thing about it is
no keeping score!

Just doing what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
through lunchtime,
shower and bed,
dreaming of what tomorrow might hold.

What a life that would be, 
eh, Gibbs?
And quite the life for me!


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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