November 22, 2021

01

Big Rock Preserve 01 11/17/2021 Oil Paint Rendered–Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Charlotte, North Carolina
We find the way to The Way,
and remain on it 
through the practice
of the right kind of
emptiness,
stillness
and silence.

The practice of 
the right kind of 
emptiness,
stillness
and silence
is not only 
the way to The Way,
it is also
the solution to all 
of our problems today,
everyday.

We have to empty ourselves
of our idea about how 
our life should be,
and of all of our ideas
of what should be,
and should not be,
in order to see what should be
in each situation as it arises,
and do it.

Action that does not flow
from the right kind of 
emptiness,
stillness 
and silence
creates the kind of world
we live in,
and blocks the way
to the kind of world
we should be living in.

What we do about that
is up to us.

–0–

02

Sweetgum Showing Off 01 11/21/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
I wish benevolent intention 
could be assumed across all lines.
How many lines are there?
How many different ways 
to calculate Us and Them?

We are always deserving.
They never are.

We are always Right.
They are always Wrong.

We are always Us.
They are always THEM.

How far back would we have to go
to not find the Us/Them designation?

How can we distance ourselves from it
and refuse to be a party to it?

And make benevolent intention
a characteristic everyone can count on
from us!

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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