May 29, 2021

01

Two Barns 08/10/2019 Panorama Oil Paint Rendered — Kershaw County, South Carolina
We live to increase our net worth annually.

It would be better for all concerned
if we lived to maintain our balance and harmony,
in the service of our original nature.

We think nothing of sacrificing
balance, harmony and original nature
in the service of our net worth.

And wonder why we are not happy
with our life 
and at peace with the world.

What robs us of our peace
and happiness?
What destabilizes our life?
What unbalances and disharmonizes us
and cuts us off from 
our original nature?

Do we even know?
Do we even notice?

How long has it been?

Since we were balanced,
and living in harmony with
our natural self?

Being true to our natural self
requires us to be centered,
focused,
aware,
alert,
to all that intrudes,
disturbs,
disrupts,
upsets,
unsettles,
threatens,
impedes,
obstructs
and interferes with
our equilibrium 
and our connection 
with the flow
of the current
of our life.

What resonates with us?
How long has it been
since we resonated with our life?

When we live at odds with
the life we need to be living,
we develop symptoms and twitches,
spasms and convulsions--
and know that something is wrong
without stopping what we are doing,
and finding our way back into the flow
of life and being.

We medicate ourselves with an assortment
of the 10,000 addictions
and disappear into a fog of distraction
and disorientation.

When all we have to do
is get back to the truth 
of our original nature,
and live a balanced life
(no excesses or extremes)
in harmony with who we are.

Babies fresh from the womb
know how to do as much.

And so the saying,
"Unless you turn and become
as children,
you will never enter 
the kingdom of heaven"
(Which is the state of balance and harmony
in accord with our original nature).

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02

Curtis Island Lighthouse Oil Paint Rendered — Camden Harbor, Maine
Everyone is welcome just as they are.
People exclude themselves
based on their refusal to be welcomed
and welcoming.

Compassion is the key to community.
The key which turns every lock,
opens all doors,
ushers in the kingdom,
Nirvana,
The Father Shore,
Awakening,
Illumination,
Realization,
Human-being-hood...

We get compassion
by being compassionate.

By acting compassionately,
we become compassionate.

Kindness and compassion
are learned traits.
We act our way into being.

It doesn't matter if we care
about people
as long as we pretend that we do
convincingly.

Act like you care in such a way
that no one can tell you don't--
including you!
Fool yourself!
And then forget that you are fooled!

Why? you say?
Because it is our Dharma/Duty!

Compassion where compassion is called for,
when it is called for!
And kindness!
That is the very least
that is expected of us all.

The result will justify the action.
And the behavior will be
self-sustaining over time.

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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