January 09, 2022


Pines Panorama 08/13/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Approaching Sunset Beach, North Carolina
We all are victims
of false advertising,
empty promises,
and lies--
as we do,
what we have no business having,
looking for
fortune and glory,
smooth and easy,
in one sure thing.

It takes a lifetime of living,
or two,
to know what's what,
and what matters most,
and what needs doing,
and how things ought to be.

No one can tell us anything
we need to hear.
Because everyone is still
searching for it themselves.

What does
"Sit down, shut up,
be still and quiet,"
do for you?

There has to be more to it
than that.

What has being quiet
ever done for anybody?

The silence is the source
of all that is.
Everything we have produced
came out of the silence
of someone's imagination/realization.

Even the scams, cons,
come-on's and lies.

Knowing what is good
and being right about it
depends on experience
beyond imagining,
producing things we would 
never think of
sitting still,
being quiet.

The field of action
is the proving ground
of all our dreams.

Does it work?
Under what conditions?
For how long?
With what side-effects,
and unintended consequences?

Back-and-forth we go,
improvising and perfecting,
taking a lifetime of living,
or two,
to figure it out.



Beech Woods 08 11/21/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
In the beginning,
we are all in the same boat,
starting out with our original nature
and the luck of the time and place
of our living
to work with
in finding our way through
what becomes of our life.

We could all use more help
and better choices.
Our place 
is to see to it
that the best we can do
under the circumstances,
is really the best we can do.

It starts with listening to our heart,
our body--
our symptoms,
and what we know "in our bones,"
and our "gut feelings"--
and our dreams
(Our dreams always show us
how it is in our life,
and ask what we are going to do about it,
as a way of assisting us
in restoring our balance and harmony,
and finding our way).

It helps to keep our happiness
and desire 
from running "the show,"
and to stay away from
the extremes of greed/hatred/anger,
and in the mid-range between
our opposites/polarities/contradictions,
moving the balance-point
as necessary to maintain our harmony
and accord with our original nature
and the requirements of our circumstances
all the way to our last breath.

There needs to be a lot of awareness
going on at all times.

And "all we ever wanted was smooth and easy"
(Ogi Overman).



Country Cemetery 06 11/19/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Lancaster County, South Carolina
Wait for the invitation!
Do not push your way into the moment!
Don't crash the party!
Don't force your way onto The Way!
Do not act out of time!
Wait for the door to open
before walking through!

One time is not as good as another.
Every time is the right time for something.
Most likely, waiting.
We wait for the time to be right,
for the time to be fulfilled,
"at hand."

The propitious time,
the favorable time,
the opportune time, 
the appointed time,
is the time to act.

Wait, watching.
You will know it
when it comes upon you
like labor pains,
or time to go to the loo.

In the meantime,
seek out what needs to be done
here and now--
and do it as it needs to be done.

Doing the right thing,
in the right way,
at the right time
is always appropriate
and timely.


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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