January 19, 2022


Hebron Falls 03 08/08/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Boone Fork, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The right kind of emptiness
is the solution 
to all of our problems today.

The right kind of emptiness
gets rid of all of the inappropriate responses
to the way things are,
and clears the way for us to rise to the occasion,
doing what needs to be done
about what can be done
about what is happening
in each situation as it arises
out of the gifts/genius/daemon/shtick/virtues/etc.
that come with us from the womb,

Learning to empty yourself
of the moods/emotions/thoughts/beliefs/opinions/etc.
that crowd in and crowd out
balance and harmony,
integrity, sincerity, and clarity,
preventing us from doing the right thing,
at the right time,
in the right way
in all times and places
throughout what remains
of the time left for living.

The right kind of emptiness
makes for a life well-lived. 



Australian Black Swan 03 08/24/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, South Carolina
What are the questions that beg to be asked?

What are the things that cry out to be said?

What are you afraid to ask?

What are you afraid to say?

What are you afraid of?

What do you turn to when you have nowhere to turn?

What is your grounding foundation--
the adamantine rock that stabilizes you
through times of trouble,
which nothing can knock you off?


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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