June 09, 2021


Cades Cove 04/15/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee
I maintain my balance and harmony
by writing it out.

That's what I'm doing here each day.
This is my meditative,

I remind myself here
what is important,
how things work,
and realign myself
with who I am
and what needs to be done
on a daily basis,
two or more times a day.

Here, I regroup,
face up to my contradictions,
bring myself into focus
and harmonize myself
with the circumstances of my life,
and with the polarities
that confront me on every side
every day--
integrating the opposites,
and squaring myself up
with how things are,
and also are.

I would love to hear how you do it.

We all have to work out
who we are
in relation to our life
and other people,
get our feet under us,
and step into the realities
that confront us every day,
living there as a whole,
united, human being,
clinging to the raft
of our Original Nature
on the heaving waves
of the wine dark sea.

We don't do that accidentally.
Balance and harmony don't just happen.
Our relationship with,
our attachment to,
our Original Nature
has to be nurtured,
tended, nourished,
cared for
and kept intact
through all that comes our way
every day.

How do you do that?
What is your system?
Your routine?
How do you make it conscious,
like brushing your teeth,
and drinking coffee
(Or whatever you drink 
in the place of coffee)?

How do you remember who you are
and what you are about,
and how to go about it?

How do you do you?
Every day?



Two Barns Black and White Oil Paint Rendered — Kershaw County, South Carolina
These things are one thing.

We live to integrate 
the opposites of Yin and Yang 
within ourselves 
and between ourselves 
and the conditions 
and circumstances of our life.

This is our work.
It is on-going
and without end.

We make the peace
and live from the middle.
With no agenda or will
beyond making the peace
and living from the middle.

We do not strive always
to win
and to avoid losing,
but to make the peace
and live from the middle.

The big fish eat the little fish,
and the little fish 
swim through the mesh in the nets
that haul the big fish to the cannery.



Cades Cove Panorama 10 02/28/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee
We aren't going to be asked
about our theology
at the Gateway to Glory Land.

They aren't going to quiz us 
on the Books of the Bible,
or see who's best at Sword Drills,
or who can name the Books of the Bible 
in reverse order.

All this talk about Right Belief
is deception and misdirection.

Theology and the Bible are hindrances,
not help.

Being faithful has nothing to do with
what we believe.

It only has to do with how true we are
to the work of doing the right thing
in the right way
at the right time--
without keeping score
or thinking about accumulating merit.

We can believe whatever we want,
it's the action that matters,
and the attitude that doesn't 
care if it matters.

Being good for nothing
is the only way.
As the man said,
"Don't let your left hand
know what your right hand is doing."

Just do what's right
without thinking about it,
when it's right,
the way it's right,
while looking for
the next right thing to do.

That's all there is to 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.

One thought on “June 09, 2021

  1. What a question! I sat and thought about how do I return to Origin every day? There is only one thing I have always known to be true and that is that I am a “Mother”. Since childhood I have been certain of it. Long before any reality of it showed up in this life. This is not to say that my mothering has been exceptional….my three children are beyond kind when the give me a most positive review! (as of today!)

    As they are grown now and I am a Grandmother I am sensing that this “Mothering” has as much to do with my actual children as what it is that my soul yearns to “Birth” in to this world. And mostly what my soul wants to birth is the remembrance that Mothering is as essential as Fathering and we all need to live that balance into being within ourselves each and every day.

    Thank you for helping me put that in writing!


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