March 16, 2022


Around Price lake 10/09/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We only have the moment to work with.
This moment, here and now.
What needs to be done here, now?
Do it the way it needs to be done,
with nothing but our original natures
and the virtues that came with us from the womb
to work with.

Doing that, we make miracles happen 
all the time.

Failing to do that,
we contribute to the dissolution of the world.

We have to be who we are,
doing what we do,
moment by moment.

What stops that?
Interferes with that?
Prevents that?

What's with the distractions?
Lack of clarity, focus, resolve?
Why the wandering mind?
No foundation?
No concentration?
and blowing like a tumbleweed
through the world?

We have business here.
Why don't we know what it is?
Why aren't we doing it?

What is the last thing we did
with all our heart--
for no reason beyond the joy of doing it,
and the satisfaction of having done it?

What can we imagine doing like that
here and now?
I mean right here, right now!
What can we do with all our heart,
here and now?

How about doing it?
For as long as you have time
to devote to it?



Beulah Land 17 Oil Paint Rendered
What will make the biggest difference
in all the world
for all of time
is you being right 
about what is important
and what needs to be done
in light of what is important
right here and right now.

I'm not kidding.

What will make the biggest difference
in all the world
is you realizing that it matters
what you do and how you do it
right here right now,
and living in light of what matters most
right here right now
and doing what needs to be done
in light of that
right here and right now.
In this moment,
and every moment following this one
for the rest of your life.

This means you will have to pay attention.
And be aware of what's what
and what is called for,
and what is important
(and be right about it)
(And here's a clue, a tip,
don't over look it:
You will never be right about it
by thinking about it.
Being right about it 
has to come from a different place
than the thinking place. 
It comes from the same place
your heart gets what it knows
when it knows something is right for it.
It comes from the same place
your body gets what it knows
when it gets that "Uh-oh feeling."
And all of its "gut feelings,"
and all of what it knows "in its bones."
That's where to go to be right 
about what's important.)

You will have to be focused,
and present,
and alert,
without having anything to gain or to lose,
without forcing or striving,
just like waiting to see what needs to happen
for lunch, say, 
or for dessert. 
Or what to wear today, or tomorrow.

You just wait to see with no investment in the outcome,
but being attentive to knowing what it is going to be
with nothing to gain or lose
if it's Chinese or lemon ice box pie,
or the green shirt and the brown shoes.
But, you'll be right about it,
just like you can be right about 
what is called for in any occasion that arises,
and you can rise to meet the occasion
just be being right about what is called for,
by dropping into the right kind of emptiness,
and the right kind of stillness,
and the right kind of silence,
and just like that,
you change the world
moment by moment.

If you are going to take anything on faith,
let it be this,
and live as though it is so,
and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

Mind how you go.
I'll keep an eye out for you.
And you for me? No?



Pamlico Sound Sunset 10/31/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
What form does your art take?
Don't give me you don't have one.
We are all artists come to serve 
and to share
our art.

Carl Jung said that the problems
of humankind all flow from our inability
to tell our story.
To share our art is to tell our story.
The most therapeutic thing we can do
for ourselves and our world
is to get out of our way
and allow our art to come forth
as a blessing and a grace
upon ourselves and our world.

Nothing is going to get better
until we begin to serve and share our art.

What form does your art take?
Why hold anything back?



Beneath the Ice 12/13/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We owe it to ourselves
to discover the life 
we are here to live--
the life that exhibits fealty 
to our original nature
and the virtues that are ours 
to serve and to share.

How can we live that life
and pay the bills?

We have to work it out.
By walking two paths 
at the same time.

And we do that by always 
keeping an eye on the other path
while we are walking this one.

This is called 
being transparent to ourselves.
And being true to ourselves.
Being true to ourselves
requires us to be transparent to ourselves.

And that is all there is to it.

Oh, and that requires us to die,
again and again,
in bringing forth who we are born to be
within the times and places of our living.

Death and resurrection, Kid.
Death and resurrection.


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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