March 07, 2022


Jackson Lake Reflection 02 06/25/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
Some problems have no solutions.
There is no happily ever after
as a steady state of being.
There are no steady states of being.
Which means sadness and sorrow
are not everlasting.

It is all coming and going,
ebb and flow,
rise and fall...
And we learn to let come what's coming
and let go what's going.

We enjoy what is to be enjoyed,
grieve what is to be grieved,
mourn what is to be mourned,
and do what we can
about what needs to be done,
about what needs us to do it.

And never pass up an opportunity
to take a nap
when one comes along.



Beulah Land 09 03/07/2007 — Mesquite Dunes and Grapevine Mountains, Death Valley National Park, California
Get up and meet the day!
Doing what needs to be done
where it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
especially when 
there is nothing in it for you.
And let that be that.

Jesus couldn't do more.
Nor, the Buddha.

Make it your practice.
Getting up and meeting the day
just like that,
every day.

You will transform the world.
Your part of the world, for sure.


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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