November 19, 2021


Scrapping Fall CTT 16 11/18/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Carolina Thread Trail, 12-mile Creek Segment, Waxhaw, North Carolina
In the south, “scrapping cotton” is getting the last bit out of the field,
gathering the scraps.
Fall is about over here,
these are the last scraps in the field.
There is the inner world,
and there is the outer world.
Inner and Outer.
Think of them as another aspect
of Yin and Yang.
We have to balance them with each other
and harmonize them both 
with the context and circumstances
of our life,

All our life long.

Balance and harmony
flow out of emptiness,
stillness and silence.

Outer is grounded upon
and flows from Inner.

Without Inner,
Outer is hell on every level.

Nothing goes well with Outer
until everything goes well with Inner.
If our Inner life is even just a little bit off,
our Outer Life is in shambles.

If we are ignoring,
failing to honor
emptiness, stillness and silence,
it shows.
In every possible way,
on all available levels.

First Inner, then Outer.

We can't do yoga once a week,
or twice a day,
and think we are doing our part.
It is showing,
and we are pretending it isn't,
and refusing to look.

We cannot smile and nod to Inner
and have Outer like we want it,
much less, how it needs to be.

Inner "is a harsh taskmaster,
planting where it does not sow,
and harvesting where it does not plant."
It doesn't work to think we can "fool Mother Nature."

Emptiness, stillness and silence, Kid.
Emptiness, stillness and silence.



Sandhills Pond 04/08/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, McBee, SC
It is our place
to work out the proper ratios
among having, doing and being--
with who we are being the central focus,
and having and doing falling into place
around being.

The old Taoists wondered,
"What was your face
before your grandparents were born?"

They knew that living to serve,
our original nature
is the fulcrum
which levers our life into place.

What we have is a statement
about who we are.
What we do reveals and announces
who we are.

In knowing and serving who we are
with filial devotion,
and allegiance,
we establish
the center around which
having and doing revolve and evolve.

And that's the alignment
that brings our best to bear
on each situation as it arises
for the highest good possible
under the circumstances.

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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