May 12-B, 2023

Day’s End 03 10-27-2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks
North Carolina
Living well is about alignment, accord.
Integrity, sincerity, spontaneity.
One with how things need to be,
inner with outer.

Being aligned with your core
and the flow of life/vitality
day to day.

Joseph Campbell like to say,
"We know when we are on the beam,
and when we are off it."

Being on the beam is the place to be,
the being place,
inner with outer,
core with the flow of vitality
in our life.

Where do you go--
what do you do--
to put yourself in the flow of life/vitality?
What has vitality for you?
What brings you to life 
when you are doing it?

Riding a horse?
Sitting by the ocean?
Reading poetry?
Listening to/playing music?

Everyone has their "Being Place,"
or several of them,
where they can "just be"
and "let things be"
as they are for a while
or forever.

Places where we restore our connection
with our heart and soul,
where we are who we are,
doing what is ours to do,
and all is right with our world.

And then, there is that 
which takes all of that away.

What knocks us off the beam?

I cut newspapers and television 
out of my life
and am better off for it.
I have reduced the amount of time
I spend in crowds and traffic.
Noise, complexity, drama, trauma
do me in,
so I leave them out.

Emptiness, stillness, silence, solitude
restore my heart/soul connection,
so I seek them out.

We have to draw our own lines,
set our own limits,
create our own space
for life, vitality, heart, soul.

And, it is essential that we do that,
and live with allegiance, loyalty
and devotion
to life, vitality, heart, soul.

And let things fall into place around that.


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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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