February 23, 2021


Grand Canyon South Rim 08 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
We take everything on faith.
Or close enough.
"Objective reality" is pretty much fabricated,
assumed, projected, inferred, made up,
and pretended to be what we say it is.

How do we know that what we say is so,
is so?
Who says so?
And, who says they know what
they are talking about?
And, we can take this question 
all the way out,
until we finally have to say, 

We are the final authority
declaring to be so
what we say is so.
Reality is what we say it is.
It all may as well be made right up
on the spot,
for all the good having someone who knows
tell us what's what,
which leaves us having to take on faith
that they know what
they are talking about!

And, when you consider that
for the first 14 or so years of our life,
we were told repetitively 
how things are,
and threatened handsomely,
and punished severely,
for not buying into
what we were being sold,
you have to wonder
how solid our foundation is
when it comes to knowing
and not knowing
what is so.

How many Qanoners have any
foundation at all?
Reality is on shaky grounds.

That being the case,
we would be doing well,
in my estimation,
to make things up
to provide the greatest good
for the greatest number of people--
and take it on faith
that this is how things are,
and how they should be,
and live as though that is the case.

How about Liberty! Justice! Equality! Truth!
for starters?

Live in ways which honor those values,
and let everything fall into place around that!



Peyto Lake Panorama Oil Paint Rendered — Banff National Park, Alberta
If you are going to die,
die with cookies in the oven
and crumbs on your plate.

Don't let the idea of your dying
stop you,
or even slow you down.

Do what the moment calls
to be done
every moment,
and let death take care of itself.

Die surprised that you would die at all.

The good thing about death
is that it keeps us focused
on living fully in every moment.

It is, "Here we are, now what?"
all the way.

As long as we are alive,
we live attuned to the moment,
absorbed in the moment,
open to the moment,
looking for what needs to happen
and how we can assist that
into being
with the gifts of our original nature
that come with us from the womb.

We bring what we have to bear
on every situation as it arises,
and let that be that,
as we step into the next situation
that is arising,
looking for "What here? What now?"
in every day.

When we wake up at night,
and there is nothing going on,
we review what has gone before,
and anticipate what is coming up,
always reflecting on what has happened,
and what will likely happen,
searching for new realizations
and better ways of dealing with
our circumstances--
observing, observing, observing--
observing ourselves observing...
looking, looking, looking
in order to see more than we have seen,
and do better than we have done,
up to our final breath--
living as long as life lasts
with cookies in the oven
and crumbs on our plate,
sorry that we don't have more time left
to do what needs to be done. 

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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