May 13-A, 2023

Jenne Farm 04 09/28/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Reading, Vermont
What keeps us from being
what the situation is calling us to be?

Lack of awareness/clarity.

Lack of interest.

Desire--there is something we want,
are more interested in--
than what the situation needs/is calling for. 

Fear--we are distracted by concern
for our interests.

Sloth/laziness/lethargy--maybe tomorrow,
some other time, later, one day.

Ignorance--we have no idea what
the situation is calling for,
or why we should care.
And we have no idea of how
to tune into the moment,
read the situation as it arises,
know what's what
and what needs to be done in response,
or how/when/where to do it...

From the start,
we should have been coached
as to how to attend our life
and live attentively to our life,
our circumstances,
our situations...

How to be aware of
and present with
what is happening within and without,
moment by moment,
and to know what to do with/about
the information that is present with us
in each moment.

We were born into a world
that was as clueless as we were
fresh from the womb.
And we live in a world
that is as clueless as we are
about what's what
and what needs to be done about it.

We are all starting fresh off the tree,
and no one knows, 
no, not one.

Except, of course, for the old yogis,
Taoist sages and Zen masters
who knew all this beginning around 1,000 BCE,
or earlier.
And were ignored because their knowledge
had no practical application--
you couldn't use it to become wealthy
and powerful, 
only useful and helpful,
contented, peaceful,
joyful with ease of life
and well-being.

Things money cannot buy.


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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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