January 13, 2022

01

Oak Leaf Overlook 10/08/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Everybody has as much right to be here, now,
as anybody does.
White privilege is a fantasy
created in the minds of those
who need to feel better than
someone else
because they have no grounding
foundation of their own.

White privilege is evidence
of the fear of inferiority,
insecurity and insignificance.
Of being on the brink of disappearance
and non-existence.
Of not mattering.
Of becoming invisible.

We have to feel viable,
worthy, important--
and to reassure ourselves
that we are,
we defiantly proclaim ourselves
to be supreme because we are white.

How ridiculous is that?

Taking refuge in the color of our skin,
which we had nothing whatsoever to do with,
as our saving grace
is a blatant admission
that there is nothing about us worth having.

The work, which white supremacists are not doing,
is to be who we are
in the sense of bringing forth,
expressing, exhibiting and serving,
the qualities, virtues, gifts,
daemon, genius, traits, knacks,
shtick, etc.
that are packed in our DNA--
in everyone's DNA--
to be shared with everyone else
as blessings from the species 
to itself and the world.

We are The Gift!
Come not to "be served,
but to serve,"
and to give our life in the work
of making wherever we are 
a good, safe, secure, welcoming, gracious,
generous, kind place
for all others to be.

When we refuse to do that,
we betray our purpose 
and fail to our part
in making each moment
more like it ought to be 
than it is.

Together we thrive.
At odds, we dissolve
in isolation and despair.

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02

Fort Mill Peach Orchard 03 11/12/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Fort Mill, South Carolina
Someone has to be the grown-up
in the room.

How would a grown-up do it?
Do that!
In each situation as it arises!
All our life long!

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03
Fall Woods 03 11/11/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Here is the solution to the mess we are in:

Keep showing up every day 
and doing what needs to be done 
to the extent that it can be done, 
and let that be that.

Play the cards that can be played. 
Do the things that can be done.
The way they need to be done.
Day by day.

DO IT!

This holds the world together.
This restores balance and harmony
to the degree they are capable 
of being restored.
This keeps things in their place
insofar as they can be kept in place.

We each have to do our part.
When the center fails to hold,
we have to do our part--
Anyway!
Nevertheless!
Even So!

The shoe repair person has to repair shoes.
The cooks have to cook.
The barbers have to cut hair...
We each have to do what is ours to do--
and more than that,
look to see what else there is that needs to be done,
and do it,
with the gifts, genius, daemon, shtick, talents, abilities, etc.
that we bring with us from the womb,
expressing, exhibiting, being who we are
in the mess we are in,
bringing a little order to bear,
a little clarity to light,
a little compassion/love/kindness to life,
in each situation as it arises,
day by day. 

Don't even stop to think about it!

JUST DO IT!

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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