December 08, 2021

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December Woods 11 12/06/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Trust your luck,
but do not push your luck,
and when things don't go your way,
look on it as the luckiest thing
that ever happened to you--
and live as though it is so.

Doing this will transform your life.
And that will be
the luckiest thing that ever happened to you.

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02

Road Through the Woods 01 11/10/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
The nature of spiritual reality
is at odds with the structure 
of what passes for civilization. 
Break that word down and it becomes
Civil-ization,
and there is nothing civil about it.

Civilization is the death of all things civil,
and "Civil War" is the most incongruous
paring of words I can think of.

Civilization is opposed to all things spiritual.
Civilization depends upon, and fosters,
order, control, power, force, layers of command,
dominance, regimentation, compelled compliance,
artificiality, insincerity, misplaced values,
imbalance and disharmony.

Spirituality requires
emptiness,
stillness
and silence
just to restore its equilibrium
and regain clarity
in order to know what is important
and live to serve it
in each situation as it arises.

This often runs counter to what
Civilization declares to be important,
and in that clash of values,
spirituality retreats 
into emptiness, stillness and silence
where it nourishes and nurtures
those who cannot find food for their soul
in the pantries of Civilization.

Emptiness, stillness and silence 
is where we must turn
to revive our heart and replenish our soul.

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03

Maple 05 11/04/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Trees are going nowhere slowly.
And that doesn't stop them.
They have their work to do,
and they do it,
where they are,
when they are,
how they are,
with what they have to work with,
all day long,
everyday.
No matter what.

Be a tree.
Do your thing.
Everyday.
No matter what.

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04

Beech Woods 06 11/10/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
I know more Original Women 
than Original Men.
How about you?

Speaking of you,
how close do you come
to being an Original Human Being?

How often do you allow other people
do your thinking for you?
Tell you what to believe?
How to think about things?
What to do?
What to wear?
Who to be?

Too many of us, men and women,
are "cookie cutter" people,
shaped and molded to be who we are,
how we are, what we are, as we are.

Who thinks for themselves these days?
Any days?

Who asks the questions that beg to be asked?
Who says the things that need to be said?
Who has their own take on things?
Who does what they say is important?
Who does what they say needs to be done?
Who lives to please themselves?
Who lives to do what is theirs to do?
Who lives out of their own authority?

Who lives to please their "base"?
And their donors?

We get one shot at this life.
Why throw it away
living to please someone else?

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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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