November 20, 2021


Scrapping Fall 07 11/18/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Carolina Thread Trail, 12-Mile Creek Segment, Waxhaw, North Carolina
What do you live to serve
with liege loyalty
and filial devotion?

What is The Most Important Thing
in your life?

What is at the very bottom of you?

What is your foundation?

The organizing principle of your life?

Around what does everything revolve?

In what ways does your life
bear witness to your answer?

In what ways does your life
call out the lie?

If what you say is important
and what your life declares to be important
are not in accord,
are not equivalent,
are not the same thing,
start over from the top.

What do you live to serve
with liege loyalty 
and filial devotion?

Do not breathe
until you know the right answer
to the question.



Porter’s Creek Footbridge 04/12/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Greenbriar District, Cosby, Tennessee
In the Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu said,
"Is there a difference between yes and no?
Is there a difference between good and evil?"
The questions are eternally valid in every age.

Where does the line lie between good luck and bad luck?
Between blessing and curse?

Everything depends upon the curcumstances
which change with the wind
and shift with the tides.

What is good today, 
is bad tomorrow,
and vice-versa.
What we lament today,
we applaud tomorrow.
Yesterday's wrong
is tomorrow's right.

How can we take anything seriously?
How can we live on the basis
of judgment and opinion?
How can we ride the heaving waves
of tumultuous emotion
through the changing fortunes of time?

Return to the center!
Live from the core!
Stay on the beam!

Emptiness, stillness and silence
nurture the instinct and intuition,
the sense of resonance and timing
that lead us through the context and conditions
of our life.

Our relationship with the inner world
guides us along the way in the outer world.
Without that,
we are like leaves in the wind. 

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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