October 02, 2020


Valley View 04/26/2006 — Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California
We hide ourselves
and hide from ourselves.

We speak in code about ourselves
and to ourselves.

What is important
in favor of what is trivial
and essentially non-essential.

We only have to look a our life
to know it is so.

Our life conceals and reveals us.
Our choices disclose and obscure us.

We don't like ourselves
and it shows.

Nothing is more apparent
than our refusal to be who we are.

We have what remains 
of the time left for living
to turn the light around,
and redeem what needs redeeming
by serving the destiny
we abandoned shortly after birth.

We start by sitting down,
being quiet,
and meeting what meets us
in the silence
with nowhere to hide--
holding everything that comes up
in our awareness,
with compassion,
without judgment or opinion,
just seeing,
just knowing,
just looking,
just listening,
just being 
with what is being with us,
waiting for the way 
to open before us,
trusting ourselves
to know when it does.

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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