August 18, 2020


Yellowstone Canyon 09/22/1999 — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Sincerity is the foundation of our personality.
Sincerity is the end of duplicity.
Of contrivance.
Of manipulation.
And deceit.
And deception.
Fraud, trickery, artifice...
And all that is the bane of relationships
and the essence of bad faith

Sincerity is the solution to all of our problems today.

It is the only thing required for Real Human Being-hood.
The only thing necessary for community and well-being worldwide.

The only thing that highly developed,
spiritually mature people have
that other people don't have.

People who are sincere
are treasures upon the earth.
They grace us with their presence
and leave us with the memory of their passing,
and the dream of their hoped-for return.



Zen Sun Poster — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, September 03, 2010
Personality is the key to everything. 
Who we are is how we respond to our life. 
Is what we do in the here and now,
in the time and place of our living,

And if it is not--
if what we do is not a reflection/expression/incarnation
of who we are--
if how we live is some twisted, 
perversion of who we are,
in the service of motives
and desires
that are devouring us
as we pursue them,
like some deranged Ouroboros
gorging itself on itself,
then we only have ourselves to thank
for abandoning our soul
to pursue dreams of everlasting glory.

Everlasting is our Original Nature
brought forth in response
to the circumstances of our life.

When our Original Nature is exhibited
by our personality,
we are a wheel turning out of its own center,
guiding itself by its own inner sense of direction
to ends worthy of its allegiance

Personality leads us all along the way.
Reveals us.
Unfolds us.
Expands us.
Develops us.
Brings us forth.
Establishes us.
Makes us known as the Real Human Being we are.

Our relationship with our personality
is our primary relationship,
enabling us to be who we are 
in ways appropriate to the occasion,
and birthing us anew
again and again,
all along the way.



Mormon Row Barn 06/23/2001 — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
There are: 
our Original Nature,
the Source of our Original Nature,
and the Source of the Source.

When we connect with,
live out of
and express
our Original Nature
within the context and circumstances
of our life, 
we are connecting with
and exhibiting,
the Source 
and the Source of the Source.

We are one with all things.

In accord with,
aligned with,
in harmony with,
balanced by,
the rhythms
and flow
of nature and life.

What interferes with that,
prevents that,
sabotages that,
keeps it from happening?

Caring about the wrong things.
Not-caring about the right things.
Willing what cannot be willed.
Wanting what we have no business having.
Thinking the wrong things are important.

Our orientation and direction.
Having purposes at cross-purposes with our Purpose. 
Living with too much noise in our life to hear.
Living opaque to ourselves.
Turning off, tuning out, shutting down.

What is the fix,
the cure,
the antidote?

Hitting the solid rock wall of reality sometimes works.
Getting to the end of our rope may do it.
Having nowhere to turn
and nowhere to go could do the trick.
Running out of answers might be the answer.
Seeing what we look at
and knowing what we know--
and what we don't know--
is always a reliable path back to the path.

The catch is that no one can do it for us.

The return to our Original Nature
as liege servants swearing 
filial loyalty and devotion forever
is up to us.



Bass Harbor Moon 02 — Acadia National Park, Bass Harbor, Maine
Our meanings are the most personal things about us.

What something means to us 
sets us apart
and makes us unique among
the rest of humankind.

Or disappears us entirely,
and renders us indistinguishable
from all the others
wearing our collective team's colors
and cheering them on.

Where does meaning come from?
How do we know what is meaningful?
How do we decide "This is,"
and "That is not"?

Getting to the bottom of meaning
and what it does for us,
how it grounds us
and establishes us,
defines us 
and gives us our place in the world,
opens us to the depths of existence,
and the doorways of realization.

What means the most to you?
Your life is formed and shaped by what?
Do you live for football?
Ice cream and apple pie?
Your children?
Daddy's approving smile?

Make a list.
Add to it as things occur to you.
Call it your book of meaningful things.
Carry it with you through all times and places.
How long will it be by the end of the week?
How many meaningful things
do you count in a day?
What do you do that is meaningful every day?
What makes them meaningful?
What/who do they connect you with?
What/who do they protect you from?
What does your association with them 
do for you?
What gives them their place in your life?
How do new things get to be added to the list?
What is the newest meaningful thing there?
What are your guides to new meaningful things?
What is your guide to meaning?
What does your collection of meaningful things
tell you about who you are?

Upon what does your life depend?

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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