March 25, 2022


Dawn at the Totem Formation 09/28/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
When we are transparent to ourselves,
we are also transparent to transcendence. 
And it is apparent to everyone.

No kidding.

There is nothing to it.
And we get nothing out of it.
Except the joy of being transparent to ourselves,
and being just fine with who we are.



Beulah Land 26 Oil Paint Rendered
We have no right to expect
things to be different than they are.

Our place is to respond to things
just as they are
in ways appropriate to the occasion.

What is happening?
What is called for?
What needs to be done here and now?

Adjustment and accommodation, Kid.
Adjustment and accommodation.

We are always at the point
of responding to our circumstances
in ways that balance the contradictions,
promote healing,
serve peace,
and restore harmony--
by bringing what is needed
to life in the moment of our living
and being the right touch
at the right time,
in the right place,
and the right way.

We do this by serving the Way
without forcing our way--
and walking away
when nothing can be done,
letting nature take its course.

If you are married to an alcoholic,
or in an abusive relationship,
"You have to know when to walk away,
know when to run,"
and shut the door on the way out.


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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