This is the parent page for posts during the second quarter of 2022. Hope you are glad to be here!

Zen Sunflower on Black, Oil Paint Rendered
Seeing happens in its own time,
in its own way,
if we stay out of the way
and allow things to unfold 
according to their own accord--
just waiting,
just watching,
for the mud to settle
and the water to clear.

Too much noise and complexity
in our life
keeps that from happening
until we learn the secret
of dropping into 
and silence
amid the clashing rocks
and heaving waves,
becoming the still point
of the turning world
by remembering the Gateless Gate
is nothing more 
than a slight shift in perspective.

And just like that,
we ""turn the light around,
"a door opens where there was no door,"
and "a new day has begun."

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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