December 04, 2021


Ginkgos 01 11/27/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Ballantyne Ginkgo Park, Charlotte, North Carolina
I hate vulnerability.
I don't know anyone who doesn't.
All of our problems arise
from our opposition to vulnerability.
We strive to make ourselves safe
at all costs on every level.

We over-react.
And spin out of orbit,
ricocheting off asteroids,
crashing into the sun.

All because we didn't want to
display/confront our vulnerability
by, say, wearing a mask.

Denial is the end of the human race.

Our hope is exposing ourselves
to the truth of the denial of our vulnerability,
and being as vulnerable as we are.
Hating it all the way.

Being as vulnerable as we are,
anyway, nevertheless, even so,
because that's the way it is.

The necessary ingredient is
an adamantine foundation upon
the fluid nature of life in the cosmos.
Nothing Lasts!
Let go what's going!
It's all going!
Let it go!
Let it go!
And say "YES!" to it all,
just as it is!

The "Saying 'YES!' to it all,"
flows from our ability to look past
loss and sorrow
to the positives of letting go.

Letting go is the threshold to
complete and eternal invulnerability.
When we can lose everything and be okay with that,
nothing can touch us.

This is the aging process refined
to its essence:
"Good-bye! Good-bye! Good-bye!"
We spend the last years of our life
detaching ourselves from everything
that has been important to us.

"This, too! This, too! Take this, too!"

It's all going,
and we are going with it.
Let it be, because it is,
and pretending otherwise,
prevents us from enjoying
what is to be enjoyed,
even now, even so.

As with everything else about our life,
it all comes down to a shift in perspective,
a change of mind,
saying yes to no,
taking no for an answer,
and letting go,
letting go.

Emptying ourselves of our attachments,
and floating like a leaf on the waters
to wherever we will be when we get there,
enjoying what is left of the ride!



Cornfield Stubble 02 11/28/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Lancaster County, South Carolina
Why do we care?
It is what we do!

Caring is where we come in!
Don't worry about why!
Just care! Just care!

About everything!
About everyone!

Hone your compassion to its finest edge
and cut through all the pretense
and denial
to the treasure at the heart
of the experience of life:
A noble heart itself!

Everything comes down to,
revolves around,
and flows from
a noble heart.

A heart that cares
for no reason,
with nothing in it for it,
because caring is what its here for,
caring is what it does.

To ask "Why care?"
of a noble heart
is like asking, "Why is water wet?"
or, "Why is night dark?"

"Get in there and do your thing,
and don't worry about the outcome!"

Care like it matters!
Because it does!

If you are ever going to take anything "on faith,"
let it be this!
And Care Like It Matters!
About everything,
and everyone!


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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