February 04, 2021

01

Black-eyed Bee Oil Paint Rendered
Fragile and vulnerable,
we spend our life
wishing it weren't so,
pretending it isn't,
hiding,
lying,
denying,
building walls,
shopping malls,
nothing to it,
money will do it,
power, too,
delusional,
institutional,
wrapped in our refusal
to be who we are,
where we are,
when we are,
how we are,
fragile and vulnerable,
all the way
to the end
of the line.

Waking up
is growing up
is squaring up
is wising up
is standing up
and letting things be
exactly what they are
anyway,
nevertheless,
even so,
no matter what!

"When you leave home 
to seek your life
and live it,
the birds of the air
will shit on you--
do not pause
even to wipe it off!"

Seek your life and live it!
Anyway!
Nevertheless!
Even So!
No matter what!

Find what you love and love it!
Anyway!
Nevertheless!
Even So!
No matter what!

Fragile?
Vulnerable?
So What?

Take it in stride!
Don't let it stop you!
Or even slow you down!

Courage!
Faith!
In what?
In YOU--
and what is important
to YOU,
and what is meaningful
to YOU!

Live in good faith
with yourself!
Be true to YOU!
Believe in YOU!

YOU are the only you there is!
And.
YOU are 
fragile and
vulnerable,
so there is no time to waste
worrying about the birds of the air
and what they might do to your hair!

Pick yourself up!
And live each day
as though it might be your last!
Bring your best to bear
on each moment,
in every situation 
throughout the day!

Why hold anything back?
LIVE while you can!
As fully as you can!
For as long as you can!
Beginning now!
Why not?

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, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

One thought on “February 04, 2021

  1. Jim,  I am better because you have been on my pathway. I love you, your poetry, your philosophy, & your photographs!! The journey continues…🦋☘💕

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