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Goodale 2015 23 B&W – Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina, November 11, 2015

Listen to your body.

Your body will tell you how it is with you.

Move away from people who make you uncomfortable.

This is Fortune Cookie wisdom.

You wouldn’t eat a rancid Fortune Cookie.

Why do you stay in the company of a rancid personality?

Your body tells you, “Don’t eat this cookie!”

“Don’t stay in the proximity of this person!”

Why would you override your body’s instruction?

Why would you allow social convention to overrule

Your body’s wisdom?

You have to be the champion of your own cause!

The hero of your own princess-held-hostage!

To The Rescue! On Guard! To Arms! To Arms!

Do not eat the rancid cookie!

Cotton in the Field 01 Panorama – Hwy 61 through the Mississippi Delta, November 3, 2015

Heaven is a perspective,

Not a place.

A point of view,

A way of seeing–

With grace and compassion,

Kindness and peace,

Generosity and good will.

No one can expect to “get to heaven,”

Without bringing heaven forth

In their relationships

With all people

Every day.

We create heaven

By the way we see those

Who share the moment with us.

We may not be God, but.

We are as close to God

As some have ever been

Watkins Glen 2015 09 Panorama – Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, NY, September 20, 2015

We can start anywhere.

We can start with:

“What needs to be done?”

“What needs us to do it?”

“What do I need to do?”

The questions are not to be answered,

But to be wondered about.

We are really asking:

“What ALL needs to be done?”

“What ALL needs me to do it?”

“What ALL do I need to do?”

We have to put it ALL on the table,

And walk around the table,

Considering the table.

Of all that is on the table:

“What all needs to be done NOW?”

“What all needs me to do it NOW?”

“What all do I need to do NOW?”

“NOW is the time to do what?”

Sit with the questions,

With what needs to be done,

And see what you rise up to do–

Spontaneously, effortlessly, without willing yourself to do it.

Simply watch and see what you do.

West Prong of the Little Pigeon River 2004 – Chimneys’ Picnic Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, November 2004

If Mozart could have lectured about, and demonstrated, his art so that anybody with the proper amount of determination and time spent at the task could have composed as Mozart composed…

Would it have been right for Mozart to dupe himself a thousand times over?

Would it have been right for the Dupes to forego their own particular gifts and life for the sake of being another Mozart?

What have all those Elvis impersonators given up, in their lifelong longing to be The King?

All this, of course, is about Jesus,

And how wrong it is to forsake ourselves for the sake of doing it like Jesus would do it.

Jesus did it like Jesus would do it.

It’s been done.

Dupes of Jesus are not Jesus.

Anymore than Elvis impersonators are Elvis.

If we are going to do it like Jesus did it,

We are going to have to do it like we would do it.

Exactly like we would do it,

Down to the most minute detail.

We have to be who we are whether we want to be or not.

It would not be right to be anyone else.