December 12, 2021


Cabin in the woods 01 12/13/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Kings Mountain State Park, Clover, South Carolina
It is difficult to progress
without digressing or regressing
at the same time.

Things balance out that way,
so that the amount of function/dysfunction
remains the same over time.

There is something about balance and harmony,
that everything in the cosmos likes a lot.

Everything is trying to reach
a steady state of being.

It is called death.
On every level.

The way of life 
is the way of rocking boats,
making waves,
shaking things up,
stirring things up,
turning things over,
introducing unconventionality,
asking questions that beg to be asked,
saying all of the things 
that cry out to be said,
making inquiries,
nosing around,

"Get busy living,
or get busy dying"
(Red Redding).

We create a vital environment
when we seek to balance opposites
without remaining balanced.
We do this by seeking tension,
producing tension,
providing tension,
by saying/asking/doing the right things
in the right place,
at the right time,
in the right way.

By living sincerely,
from the heart
in each situation as it arises,
by being savvy
without being clever,
or conniving,
or conning,
or controlling,
with no end in mind,
no agendas in hand,
no purpose beyond 
doing what is called for
in way appropriate to the occasion,
even if that is inappropriate to every occasion--
especially if that is inappropriate to every occasion--
by "getting in there 
and doing our thing,
without worrying about the outcome."

Living innocently,
with a pure, gentle and noble heart,
all our life long.



Lake Haigler Trail 02 11/14/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
We live best out of a state
of openness to the moment of our living,
present with what is present with us,
aware of ourselves being aware,
seeing what we look at,
knowing what we know,
feeling what we feel,
at one with the times
and the circumstances,
with nothing at stake
and nothing to gain or lose,
just slow dancing with the present,
attuned to the music
and with the flow of life,
letting come what's coming,
letting go what's going,
letting be what is,
with no agenda
and no opinion,
ready for anything,
good for nothing,
just an original,
human being.

Practice that until 
you are one with it,
in all times and places,
all your life long.


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.

2 thoughts on “December 12, 2021

  1. Invitation received to be unique self!
    Thanks Jim! Gratia Kitty Jim North and others are getting together for the solstice. For silence. To be in that balance of light and dark in community.


    1. Hi Lora, It’s good to hear from you–and to know of the solstice gathering maintaining the proper tension between light and darkness, life and being. It is a dance that must be danced throughout our life for the sake of life, letting the music live through us!


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