March 01, 2022


Beulah Land 03 Oil Paint Rendered
A gyroscope lives from its center.
A thermostat regulates the temperature. 
A human balances the contradictions
at work in their life,
maintaining harmony,
sustaining the flow.

Stabilize the forces
at work in the moment,
and provide an environment
that is conducive to life
and the true good of all concerned.

We are balancing agents,
making wherever we are a better place to be
by the way we see what's what
and do what needs to be done about it,
one situation at a time. 



7:00 AM Ferry to Swan Quarter 10/31/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
We have to find our way
through the wasteland
through the wilderness
to the Grail Castle
and the chance to ask the right question
to break the curse
and restore the kingdom,
putting everything back in place,
and making all things well.

What is the right question?

What is the problem?
What ails thee?
What needs fixing here, now?
What needs to be done?
What needs me to do it?

Knowing what the problem is
and being right about it
enables us to know what needs to be done
and do it,
when it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done, 
how it needs to be done,
whether we want to or not,
whether we are in the mood 
for it or not,
whether we feel like it or not,
for no other reason 
than it needs to be done,
and we need to do it properly,
whether we know it or not,
whether we care about it or not,
for the simple joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it.
no matter what.

If we get that down,
we will transform the world.

And become the Grail we seek.

The source of blessings and grace
upon all sentient beings.

Everything waits for that.

What are we waiting for?  



February Woods 28 11/18/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
The blocks to living aligned with our original nature
are fear
(And its spinoffs, anger and hatred),
(And its spinoffs, greed, jealously, possessiveness, etc.),
(And its obsession with Thou Shalt and Thou Shalt Not,
should-ought-must, etc.),
and laziness/lethargy/negligence.

We just have get up and do what needs to be done
with the gifts of our original nature
that came with us from the womb--
in each situation as it arises--
whether we feel like it or not.

It is every person's obligation
to themselves,
to every other person
and to all living things.


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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