March 05, 2022


Beulah 07 03/03/2022 Oil Paint Rendered
Enlightenment is knowing what's what
and what is called for,
and when and where and how to respond to that call
with the gifts, genius, daemon, shtick, creativity,
imagination, virtues, etc.
that came with us from the womb.

Our original nature comes complete
with all we need to do what is needed
We have to live attuned to
and in accord with our original nature--
serving it with liege loyality
and filial devotion,
in all matters great and small
throughout our life.

Our fealty is to our original nature.
There we find the treasure
that is more valuable than gold and silver,
diamonds and jade.

It takes trusting this to be so,
and living as though it is
to know that it is.
If you are going to take anything on faith,
let it be this!



Round-lobed Hepatica 06 03/02/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Acting out of fear,
will lead to outcomes
quite different from
acting out of 
the right kind of emptiness,
and silence.

Take up the practice,
and develop the art,
of living with the right kind of
emptiness, stillness and silence.

And your life 
will take a turn for the better
like that
(snaps fingers).


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.

3 thoughts on “March 05, 2022

  1. Hi Jim! Always enjoy your reflections and photos. Im glad you are at such a good station in life.
    Are you still in Greensboro area?


    1. Hi Matt, Sorry to be late getting to your note! My wife and I moved to South Carolina n 2013 to be closer to the daughters and granddaughters in Charlotte (We are about 10 miles from the NC line), and have settled in to moving slower and doing less–or I would still be having a cup of coffee with you from time to time!


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