December 12, 2020


Two Ducks Flying 11/30/2011 — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
We can care too much,
and we can care too little.
We can think too much,
and we can think too little.

We live on a continuum between
too much and too little.

Finding the Still Point,
is as easy as riding a bicycle.
Once you get it,
you have it forever.

Just think of your life as riding a bicycle.
And take it for a spin. 



Big Creek 08 04/14/2009 Oil Paint Rendering –Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, North Carolina
When I take a photo that is improperly focused, the only way I know of redeeming it is to render it as an oil painting or as watercolor.
All of our sins of omission or commission are the result of not knowing, or not caring, what we are doing.
And we get back on track the best way we can.
Knowing what is ours to do,
and to not-do
and to do-not,
and knowing what we have to work with
are matters of essential knowing.

And nobody explains that to us.

All of the important stuff
we figure out on our own.

And nobody explains that to us.

Everybody acts as though there is some
Almighty Authority directing their actions,
and they are doing what they are supposed to do
by aligning themselves with that invisible,
undetectable, completely imagined and non-sensible

And, they are right.
Except, but, only 
they are imagining the wrong Authority.

They are imagining an Absolute Authority "out there"
and it is "in here."

The One Who Knows dwells within us
and communes with us indirectly
with sign language (symbol language),
metaphors and energy bursts,
dream images and compelling urges,
drifts of "soul" (whatever that is),
and stirrings of "heart" (whatever that is)...

For all practical purposes,
WE are the Super Authority we seek,
and our only problem
is working out Right Relationship
with ourselves--
knowing who is saying "Yes" and "No"
to the things we do and do-not
throughout our life?

Who is guiding our boat
on its path through the sea?

The answer is to be found within.

When we get to the bottom of that,
and are right about it,
we know what we need to know
to find what we need,
to do what needs to be done,
about everything that comes along.

And that is the best anybody can do.



Big Creek 08 04/14/2009 –Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, North Carolina
Whatever happens in our life
is our destiny's way 
of taking care of us,
of waking us up,
of getting us back,
or keeping us,
on the track.

It is all about us and the track.

There is being on track,
and there is being off track,
and that is all there is.

Everything that happens to us
is about keeping us on,
or getting us back on,

Track is the only thing to be.
The essential thing to be.

Track is humming along,
with everything in place
and working together
to produce the music
we came to make,
with us being aligned with the Tao
and in the center
of our life's will for us
and all is good beyond compare.

Do we know it?
Is the question.

Off Track is lost in a Wasteland
of our own making
by failing to cooperate with the Tao,
and having nothing but contempt
and derision
for the idea
that there is a better way to do it
that the way we are doing it.
"Our Way Is The Only Way,"
carries us directly
to the rock solid heart
of where we do not want to be.
And we wanted our way there
all along the way.

Do we know it?
Is the question.

We can do it our way,
or we can do it the right way.
And our destiny is here with us
to urge us to do it the right way.

Here's a tip for you:
We get and stay on track
by sitting still
and being quiet,
and listening/looking
until we see and hear,
and know what's what,
and do what needs to be done about it.

That is all there is to it.

How quiet are you,
for how often,
and how long?

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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