May 11-B, 2023

Yosemite Falls 04/27/2006, Oil Paint Rendered — Yosemite National Park, California
What's your point?
What are you here for?
Why are you here?
What are you doing here?

Your point is to laugh at these questions,
and on on about your business
without caring what your point is.

What's the point of a moose?
Of a daffodil?
Of a dew drop?
Of a snow flake?
Of the universe?

None of these things know or care
what their point is or may be or should be.

But they all know what their business is,
and take care of it.

"Rhiannon Giddens has won the 2023 Pulitzer in Music for 'Omar,' her opera about a Black Muslim scholar," wrote Nancy Mclaughlin
of the Greensboro News and Record.

Rhiannon Giddens knows what her business is: Music
but she doesn't care what her point is.
Or what the point of music is.
Her business is giving herself to music
and letting the outcome be the outcome.
And she has won at least two Grammy's,
is a MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient,
and is allowing the road to open before her
as she takes care of business.

Lao Tzu said, 500 or so BCE,
"Do your work and step back.
Let nature take its course."

Know what your business is and take care of it,
and let the outcome be the outcome.

That's the way moose do it,
and daffodils,
dew drops,
snow flakes,
and the universe...


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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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