March 07, 2021


Cypress Swamp 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
The people who say,
"Nothing matters!"
say it in a way 
that suggests
it matters that nothing matters.

What matters, matters!

Sit down with yourself
and ferret out what matters to you.
Then stand up,
step back into your life,
and live there as though
what matters to you matters!!!

Put passion into your life!
Care!!! about what you are doing!
Do the things your care about!
Do the things that matter to you!
Take your time with the things
that are important to you.
Do them right, properly, correctly
every time you do them!

Cherish them!
Honor them!
Revere them!
Worship them!
Do them as though 
they are important to you!
Every time you do them!

Put yourself into what you are doing!
Why hold anything back?
What are you saving up for?
Care about what you care about--
every day for the rest of your life!



Tail Dancing Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
What is the difference between
being centered/grounded/rooted/
and being stuck?

We are held in place
where we are
by our idea of how things are
and how they ought to be.

How accurate is our idea
is the question.
What difference does it make
is the other question.

By what standard
do we gauge the accuracy
of our idea 
and measure the difference
it makes
is another question.

How do we know 
how well we are evaluating
our situation?
How do we know 
that what we are doing
in response to it
is the right thing to do?

Who says so?

How do we know 
they know
what they are talking about?

We are stuck with our ideas
about all of these things.

We are stuck in how we view
what we look at,
no matter how we view it.

And no matter how we change
our mind,
we are only exchanging being stuck
in one place
for being stuck in another.

Being grounded/centered/rooted
must include compassion 
for all ways of seeing/evaluating/
thinking about what we call reality,
and the ability to do what matters
without taking any of it seriously.

Being stuck in this way
is being like the spirit
that blows where it will--
tail dancing with the dolphins,
laughing all the way.



November Woods Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big Creek District, Waterville, North Carolina
The point,
the whole point,
and nothing but the point,
is to do what needs to be done
right here, right now
because it needs to be done
and because you need to do it
and because if you don't do it,
it won't be done,
and for yet again,
what needed to happen
did not happen.

The only thing that makes sense
is assisting what needs help
coming into existence,
coming into being.

With me, here and now,
this means typing words
maybe no one ever reads.
That doesn't matter.
My place is to type the words.
Right here. 
Right now.

Gerard Manley Hopkins said,
as those who do read what I write
have heard two hundred times,
"What I do is me--
for that I came."
Doing what we came to do
is the only thing that matters.
Why would we not do it?

Finding what we came to do,
and doing it,
moment after moment,
all our life long
is the most beautiful thing 
in the world.

Speaking of the world,
look it over
and tell me how many people
you see doing what they came to do--
doing what is theirs to do--
doing what the moment needs to have done,
right here, right now.

That is how many people who are not missing
the point of their life.
Why would anyone want to do that?
Why would anyone put all the effort
that is required into living their life
and not do what they came to do with it?

What needs doing?
What needs you to do it?
What do you need to do?
Right here, right now?
Why not do it?

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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