May 18-A, 2023

Smokies Sunset Panorama Oil Paint Rendered — Clingman’s Dome Parking Lot, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina
Coming to terms with the day--
with our life--
means seeing the day (our life)
just as it is,
and allowing that to be that
without any more emotional response
than that associated 
with letting a tree be the tree it is,
or letting a cloud be the cloud it is.

Seeing things as they are
and letting them be as they are
is enlightenment in its essential form.

Enlightenment is knowing what we know
and letting that be that--
and knowing what the implications are
and letting that be that.

The implications of anything
come down to the way we live
in light of the way things are.

It means what we do 
in response to things being as they are.

It means doing what needs to be done
in response to the way things are.

When it is cold outside,
we put on a coat.

is living an enlightened life.

Enlightenment has nothing to do
with wanting/getting/having/possessing/owning/wanting...

How much of our life do we spend
living to get what we want
and avoid what we don't want?

How much of our life do we spend
doing what needs to be done
regardless of what we want?

Can we even separate what the situation
is calling for--
what the situation needs to be done--
from what we want from the situation--
from what we want to be done within the situation?

Can we let things be what they need to be
no matter what we want?

Is what we want what we need?

Do we impose what we want upon the situation,
or live in the service of what needs to happen
in spite of what we want?

There is no difference between living 
an enlightened life
and growing up.


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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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