December 19, 2020


Storm at Sea 09/26/2008 — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
The Holy Grail represents the full realization
of the potentials
that came with us from the womb.

This is the culmination of The Hero's Journey:
Being Who We Are!
Who we are capable of being!
Fully Born,
as one Thus Come,
at last!

The secret ingredient is compassion.
Compassion for ourselves.
Compassion for others.
Compassion for the world as it is.

This is not striving to be anything
beyond compassionate,
not trying to gain anything
beyond being compassionate,
not trying to do anything
but be compassionate--
not in order to attain anything,
but to simply be compassionate.
Knowing/feeling that is enough.

That is Christ on the cross.
The Buddha under the Bo Tree.
The Dali Lama leaving Tibet
without a disparaging word
about the Chinese.
And it is the heart of Motherhood
around the world,
bearing out the truth of Simeon's word,
"A sword will pierce your very soul!"
even so.

Can we say it?
"Bring it on!
Let it be!
Even so!"

It requires no attachment
to fear,
or duty.

And exemplifies the complete freedom
and spontaneous readiness
to do what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
for nothing beyond the joy
of doing what is ours to do
with the gifts and potentialities
that are ours to share and exhibit
throughout the time left for living.



Mallard in Flight 16 01/29/2013 — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
Where do we go from here?
Or, as it is sometimes phrased,
Here we are, now what?

Now, we wait for the mud to settle
and the water to clear.

It is that simple every time.

Do not be impatient with the future!

It comes in its own good time!

In the meantime,
wait, watch, listen.
Seeing and hearing 
come in their own time,
in their own way.

When the door opens,
walk through?

What door?
Which door?

All this will be revealed to us
in its own time.
In the meantime,
wait, watch, listen.

If you haven't watched
Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos
on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,
now would be a good time
to do that (The shortest ones first).

Practice waiting, watching, listening
in each moment.
You will be amazed 
at all you have been missing!

And, what's your hurry?
There is only seeing, hearing and understanding.
And you will never get beyond
those things,
even if you lived forever.
There will always be more to see than we see,
more to hear than we hear,
more to understand than we understand,
more to know than we know,
more to do than we do,
more to become than we are.

There is no arriving on the way
that is The Way!
Only the next thing to be aware of.

And that's where we came in.

So be aware of now,
and catch it as it evolves
into what's next!

And do what is called for
in response to both!

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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