August 4, 2020


Trees Blended 04 — Adams Mill Pond, Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
The past doesn't go anywhere,
the future never comes,
and the present is eternal and everlasting--
it never ends.

The here and now merely
flows into,
and merges with,
the here and now forever.
We are never anywhere other than here and now.
That is why it is called The Eternal Now.

If we are ever going to do it,
we are going to do it here and now.
Why put it off?
Why hold anything back?

Ask the questions that beg to be asked!
Say the things that cry out to be said!
See what is happening
and do what is called for
in every situation as it arises
with the gifts/genius/daemon/virtues/character
we already have!

If we don't know what to do,
we will find all the guidance we need
in our Original Nature.
We only need to sit quietly
looking into ourselves
as we were in the beginning,
are now and ever shall be,
waiting for the mud to settle
and the water to clear.

We allow ourselves to enter a spirit of play
where we are free for the fresh--
spontaneous and straight from the heart--
act of pure sincerity
in becoming  consubstantial with the world,
being of one substance with all of life
through the wonderful,
invention of AS IF!

Evoking and awakening the gifts we carry within,
and living in the world as if we possess
the very mystery and wonder within us
that are at the source of creation itself,
as though we are of the same mystery and wonder
in our mind and in our body,
and are looking to it to guide and direct,
lead and encourage us,
dancing and laughing,
along the way,
here and now.

(Thanks to Joseph Campbell for initiating
both reflection and realization)



Johnson Creek Panorama 11/13/2017 04, Beaufort County, South Carolina, November 13, 2017
Hope doesn't care what its chances are.

Hope does what is good
whether it does any good or not.

Hope does what is right
whether it makes any difference or not.

Hope does what needs to be done--
even so.

The questions:
So what?
Who cares?
Why try?
Have no impact on hope.

Who cares so what?
Who cares who cares?
Who cares why try?
Why not try?

Hope steps into every situation
and does what is called for
for no reason 
beyond being what the situation
is calling for--
doing what in needed here and now
because it is needed here and now.

Hopelessness may be a fact,
but what it means
is a matter of opinion.

Never let the facts stop you
from being who you are,
doing what is yours to do
when that would be appropriate
to the situation at hand.

And if that wouldn't be appropriate,
what would be?
Do that.

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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