January 11, 2021


Big Creek Fall 11/07/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, North Carolina
Living out of our center, 
listening to our imagination, 
and trusting ourselves 
to find what we need 
to do what needs to be done, 
is a day-by-day task of life, 
no matter what is going on around us. 

We have as much as anyone has ever had, 
and that got us to this point. 
It will keep us going. 
Martin Hägglund says 
living on is what we do best. 
I’m all for it!

We owe it to ourselves,
our ancestors,
and each other
to keep it going!
Live on!
Live on!
(With your eyes open,
in tune with the Tao!)



Athabaska Valley 09/15/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Jasper National Park, Alberta
How we see what we look at
strongly influences everything that follows.

What influences how we see what we look at?
The 10,000 things!
The culture we live in 
and the people we run with,
where we have been
and what we have lived through,
the entire scope and weight 
of our life experience up to this point...

The list is long of the things 
that cant us toward seeing the way we see.
The big thing on the list
is failing to see ourselves seeing.

Seeing in ways that do not take our seeing
into account
guarantees that we will see everything
with a "jaundiced eye."

When it comes to seeing what we look at,
nothing beats seeing our seeing--
which means seeing in ways
that take our seeing into account.

A perspective that is self-reflective
is the most important acquisition
we can add to our life.
It will completely transform the way we live
by enabling us to "look at life from all sides now,"
which will avoid the rush to judgment,
jumping to conclusions,
and making a fool of ourselves.

Seeing what we look at
is seeing ourselves seeing,
is the foundational step
toward self-transparency,
which is the essential feature
of a life worth living.

You might think someone 
would have told us about that
before now.
Maybe, constantly,
without pause,
all our life 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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