May 22-A, 2023

Sundown on Pamlico Sound Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island,. North Carolina
What is your idea  
of the ideal Life?

The model life?
The life that is the way
a life ought to be?

The Way that everybody is always
talking about
is the way things ought to be--
need to be--
must be to make it right
that we are here/now in this mess
of a world
needing to know what to do
to make right what can be made right
in the time left for living.

What can we do to make tomorrow right?
To make each situation as it rises right?

How do we need to live
in order to make the next situation
as it arises right?
To provide what it needs from us
to be what it can be--
even now,
even yet, 
even so?

Yesterday's long quote from Lao Tzu
included this:

"Original nature can intuit all happenings. In original nature there is the essence of true goodness. Be natural in your actions and you will always be still and pure."

What we all need to be is "natural."
Just naturally be who we are,
and let things fall into place around that.
Let all things flow forth from that.

Merely by being ourselves, naturally.

That would be ideal.
The model life.
The life that is the life
that is the way things ought to be.

The life that the entire world is waiting
for somebody at last to live--
not trying to get anything,
but just naturally responding to circumstances
and trusting nature to take its course,
to take it from there,
nature meeting nature being natural,
world without end. 


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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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