December 15, 2020


Mallard in Flight 01/08/2013 — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
We have interests
and proclivities,
that energize us,
motivate us,
stir us to action
in ways that are unique to us.

We care about things
to a degree,
and in a manner,
that set us apart
from other members of our family,
and other members of the species.

We have potentialities that are our own,
the realization of which
constitutes our destiny.

We are destined to realize our potentialities.

Our destiny is a composite of our interests, etc.
When our life is lived in the service
of these things--
when we are true to ourselves
in honoring what we cherish
and doing what is meaningful to us--
we fulfill our destiny,
and satisfy our deepest

Our life is the expression,
the realization,
the integration,
the incarnation
of the energy that manifests itself
in all these ways.

This is destiny being manifest,
or "manifest destiny,"
being worked out in our life.

This is what we are here for.

If our destiny isn't being made manifest,
it is being frustrated,
and refused.

And our symptoms are evidence
of a life unlived,
calling us to wake up
and get with the program
that is built into our bones. 



Live Oak Fantasy 02 — Undisclosed Location
The commitment-- 
our commitment--
is to the path,
to our integrity
and our potential
as a human being.

How human can we be?
How true to ourselves--
to what is deepest,
and best about us--
can we be?

We live to find out.

We find out by committing ourselves
to finding what is meaningful to us
and serving it with our life.

By committing ourselves
to finding the center
and living from there.

By committing ourselves
to finding the still point
and allowing that
to direct our action.

And letting all other commitments 
fade away.

Our liege loyalty,
our filial devotion,
our deepest allegiance,
are to the grounding principle,
the axis mundi,
where heaven and earth meet
in the heart of who we are.

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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