October 08, 2021


Monument Valley Dawn 09/25/2007 — Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
We feel our way along.
Our body leads us,
in cahoots with our original nature
and its instincts and intuition.

We arrive with what we are born with,
and what we pick up on the way.

The "Uh-oh Feeling" is everybody's 
go-to pitch coming out of the pen.
When that is working for us,
we can afford mistakes,
and still get out of the inning 
every time.

With, "Wait! What?"
and "What did you just say?"
in our repertoire,
we have all it takes
to find what it takes 
to go all the way.

And, if we drift away 
from the way,
it's a simple matter 
of sitting still,
being quiet,
paying attention
and being aware
of what we are feeling,
to get back on track
and on the beam,
allowing realization
and comprehension
to carry us home. 



Fall Woods 10/27/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
"Who am I?"
"What am I about?"
Are the grounding,
putting us back in touch
with our own two feet
and a heart thoroughly capable
of leading the way.

Being clear about what matters most
flowing from
balance and harmony,
emptiness and silence,
spirit, energy and vitality
is all the direction we need
to be back in the saddle
in the center of the path
only we can see
by feeling our way along,
one step at a time,
moment to moment
in each situation as it arises,
sensing what's happening
and what needs to happen in response
here and now
all the way.

"Nothing to it but to do it,"
as Maya Angelou would say.



Fall Woods 02 10/27/2006 Oil Paint Rendered–Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
When we live to express
our original nature
in ways that are appropriate 
to the occasion,
we trust ourselves to ourselves,
and allow the outcome be the outcome.

The problem is that we want to 
control/manage our outcomes
in the effort to achieve ends
that matter to us 
more than our original nature does.

Whoops! Who just lost the way?
Not our original nature!
Our original nature knows the way,
and if we lose the way
it is because we have lost connection
with our original nature,
thinking we know more about the way
than our original nature knows.

There is no way that could happen!

Our original nature is built for the way,
and all we have to do is get out of the way
for the way to be central and foremost
every day,
as we feel the right response
to what is called for
in each moment
of every situation as it arises.

The catch is we can't be manipulating moments
in the service of what we take to be
our gain,
our advantage,
our profit,
our best interest,
and our way.

Our way has to be staying out of the way,
and allowing our original nature
to show the way
by doing what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
no matter what,
all the way.



Linville Cove Viaduct Panorama 10/12/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, On the Flank of Grandfather Mountain
Angels of light are angels of death
in a different light.

Good angels are bad angels,
depending on how good our idea of the good is.

If our idea of the good is not so good,
it will be a bad angel that we deal with.

How good is the good we call good?
The answer to that one tells the tale.
"Sways the future" as the old song says.

Caiphas was the High Priest of Jerusalem
at the time of Jesus' death.
You would think being high 
would make him close to God,
but not so much.

He was politician to the hilt,
playing the odds to insure the best
came his way.
How good was Caiaphas' idea of the best?
It was very good for him.

That's the way our idea of the good
generally runs.
It is our good we think of
when we think of good.
Good for us is what we mean
when we call something "good."

We hardly ever, make it never,
think it applies to their good--
the good of those people. 
Over there.

What are we going to do with us?
Sit down with us, 
I hope.
And look together at how things are.
I mean Really Are.
In a what's what
and what are we going to do about it?
Kind of way.

What do we mean calling good
what we call good?
Serving our good 
at the expense of everyone else's good?

How good is the good we call good?

We should sit down with ourselves
and that question,
and figure out how different we are
from, say, Caiaphas.
And what to do about 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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