October 17, 2021

01

Around Bass Lake 03 10/16/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The silence has to be filtered, 
mined,
for its gold,
but if something is missed,
it cycles back around.

Waiting and watching 
are all it takes
to see and hear,
realize and understand,
know and do
and be aligned
with the truth 
of our life
at last.

We can speed things up
by having the right attitude
from the start.

Openness,
playfulness
and wonder
make all the difference.

We live on the playground
of magic
and miracle,
and are only one slight
perspective shift away
from the threshold 
to laughter and amazement
and "singing and dancing
in the rain."

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02

Pelican Silhouette 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, Everyday, All The Time
The Dalai Lama is the model
for how to do it.
For how to deal with our life.

When the Chinese invaded Tibet,
destroying Buddhist temples
and killing 1.2 million monks
and civilians,
the Dalai Lama escaped to Pakistan,
and has lived in exile there since 1950.

And he has always exhibited graciousness,
kindness and compassion in his way
through the world,
with no bitterness, rancor, or resentment
evident in his words or manner.

He continues to do now 
what needs to be done now,
the way it needs to be done,
responding to each moment
in ways appropriate to that moment,
as though nothing is big enough
to cast a pall 
over all that remains
of life and being.

Nothing is big enough
to cast a pall 
over all that remains
of life and being. 

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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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