February 18, 2022


Barbed Wire 01 02/17/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
How does Tevya (Fiddler on the Roof) make it in New York
without his horse and wagon,
cow and chickens,
his children and his community?

Tevya and Golda step off the boat
and into a land that is foreign on all levels.
The language, the money, the noise, the concrete and steel...

If only they had the right kind of friends,
but it would take friends like they are
to help them find the way amid the madness
of life in their new (Can it ever be?) home.

But wait!
They DO have themselves!
If they work out a new relationship
with themselves,
they can find exactly what they need
to be fulfilled and triumphant and joyful
right where they are!

They have what it takes!
They only need to realize that and find it
within themselves.
By forging a new relationship with the Other within!

Relying on the strengths they have,
the gifts/genius/daemon/talents/abilities/etc.
that have always been a part of who they are,
they can create the kind of atmosphere
they need to find
in the center of New York Center.

And as it is with them,
so it is with you and me!
We have what we need--
we only need to transform 
our relationship with ourselves
to know it is so,
and find what we need 
by being what we need
in the way we live our life
and rely on ourselves
to dance with our circumstances
as we step into 
each situation as it arises
and calls us to rise to the occasion
and do what needs to be done
with the gifts/etc. of our original nature
coming to life,
and to light,
as the context of each moment
elicits and calls forth who we are
in that moment,
and miracles happen one moment after another,
so that where we are becomes better
for our being there,
and everyone benefits from the compassion
and grace of our presence.

It only takes living it to know that it is so!
To know that we are Tevya and Golda
moving to America,
and we have been here all our life--
which gives us an advantage they didn't have!



February Woods 20 11/16/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
We look for what needs to be done
and do it
with the gifts/daemon/genius/talents/abilities/virtues/etc.
we have to serve and share,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long--
without thinking about what's in it for us,
or when it is going to be our turn,
or "What about ME?".

We do it because it needs to be done
and we have gifts/etc. to serve and to share,
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it.

Our gifts/etc. are dying to come to life in us
through the way we respond to each situation.

Our situations elicit, 
call forth,
our innate capacities and capabilities.

There is more to us all than meets the eye,
any eye,
waiting for its chance to shine.

And the conditions and circumstances of our life
need what we have to offer.

Everything waits for us to be who we are,
offering what we have to give
to the time and place of our living.

What are we waiting for?


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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