September 26, 2021


Otter Point 09/29/2006 Oil Paint Renderd — Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
Sit still.

Be quiet.

Pay attention.

To all that arises in the silence.

Be curious about what catches your eye.

See where it goes.

Every day.

Throughout the day.

You are getting to the bottom of it.

Of it all.

Especially of YOU.

The curiosity part is the best part.

If you are End-driven,

and looking for where it all is going,

so are the tides.

We are just along for the ride.

Allow curiosity to pilot your boat

on its path through the sea.

If you are obsessive/compulsive

and Have To Be There Now!

Be curious about that--

and everything else that would hijack

your boat and send it off

after red herrings and wild geese.

Also, remember to be curious about

whose good is served

by the good you call good.

And wonder, 

"What's so good about that?"

And, "Who says so?"

Who says that the good you call good is good?

How do they know?

Who told them?

We are here to see where it goes.

Start looking!

At everything!

Particularly the things

that catch your eye!



Linville River 08/13/2018 Oil Paint Rendered — Lindville Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
We are the treasure we seek.
The gold mine we hope to find.

If you are going to take something on faith,
let it be this,
and allow you to show you 
what you are capable of
even now, even yet, even so.

Jesus said these things all of the time:
"Beware of the blind leading the blind!"
"Leave the dead to bury the dead!"
"Why don't your judge for yourself what is right?"

It comes down to:
"How good is the good you call good?
What makes you think you are right about that?"

We all are locked into the service
of the good we call good.
How good is that?
What makes us think it is good at all?
Who is telling us how good it is?
What is in it for them?
How good is the good they call good?
Who says so?

We need to get to the bottom of these things.
Of what is good and how do we know.
Of what is good and who says so.
And why don't we decide for ourselves what is right,
and how we are to know when we are wrong,
and when we are right about being right.

That is all that is worth knowing--
when we are right about what is right,
and when we are wrong about what is right.

There is nothing else but that.

How do we know?

How often do we ask?

Whom do we ask?

Whose word for it do we take?

Why don't we judge for ourselves what is right?

And change our mind
when it becomes obvious
that we were wrong?

Let the evidence guide your boat on its path through the sea!

Keep asking the questions that beg to be asked!

Get to the bottom of everything!

And sail on! Sail on!

On the sea that has no end!

“Traveling on every path, 
you will not find the boundaries of soul by going; 
so deep is its measure.” -- Heraclitus
That is the sea we sail, looking for ourselves.


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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