November 25, 2021


Big Rock Preserve 01 11/17/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Charlotte, North Carolina
The wonder of life
is always waiting to be realized,

Not ignored.

Everything hinges on
the perspective necessary
to see into the heart of things,
and know things as they are.

We talk to much.
We see too little.
And miss the blessing and grace
of the moment that is at hand.

What is to be done about that?
What is to be done?
While the time for living is upon us
and wonder is all around?



Fall Woods 06 11/25/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
We work to make money
in order to live comfortably
and commune with our original nature
so that we might express/exhibit
the gifts/daemon/genius/virtues/characteristics/shtick
that came with us from the womb
in living a life that is unique to us
and a boon to those about us,
impacting the entire world
for the good of the whole.

Or not.
And, if not,
why not?

Why not?



Rock Harbor 02 10/03/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Rockport, Maine
What needs to happen?
What needs to be done
about what is happening?

What is called for?
To rise to the occasion
with a response appropriate
to the occasion would mean doing what?

How are we preparing ourselves
to answer these questions
at the time the answer is required?

By now, you know the mantra:
Emptiness, stillness, silence.

Every good thing arises 
from emptiness, stillness and silence.

To be empty is to be without
agenda or opinion.
It is to have nothing at stake
in the outcome.
It is to be able to offer what is needed,
when it is needed,
how it is needed,
without bias or prejudice,
or interest in the situation,
beyond being interested
in offering there
the best we have to give
in the service of what needs
what we have to offer.

We find our direction/guidance
in the stillness and silence--
away from the noise and complexity
clamoring for our attention
and offering vastly different,
and differing,
types of direction and guidance.

After a little practice,
we carry emptiness, stillness and silence
with us wherever we go,
unmoved by the circumstances of our living,
and responding in the moment
to what is called for by the moment,
all our life long,
in accord with the Tao
all the way.


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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