April 28, 2022


Tunnel View 04/15/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Yosemite National Park, California
There are millions of pregnant women around the world
at this moment
who cannot carry their pregnancy to term. 

I said CANNOT!!!

There inability to carry their pregnancy to term
trumps any right their fetus may have to life
and any heartbeat or brainwave restrictions
regarding when someone says "Life Begins."

It doesn't matter when life begins.
They cannot carry their pregnancy to term.

As far as the brainwave designation goes,
I have a particular bias in favor of 
no brainwave no life (not that it matters
as far as beginning goes).
I and millions of other people 
have living wills which explicitly state
that when my brainwave ends, pull the plug.
No brainwave no life.
If you allow me to pull the plug with no brainwave
at the end of life,
allow someone to pull the plug with no brainwave
at the beginning. 

The CANNOT is the end of the matter.
It is all that needs be said.
They have the final say as to whether
they can or cannot carry their pregnancy to term
No legislature.
No church.
Has the power or the place to usurp their place
in the process of giving birth.

Their decision is sacrosanct.
If God objects, 
he can send them to hell,
and me along with them.
On this side of hell, however,
we remain in charge of what we can and cannot do.
Here we have the power of decision
in matters where we are solely responsible
for bearing the burden of decision.
And we will make it as we determine 
that it needs to be made. 

So back way off.
You are in our way.

And if you are tempted to say,
"Well, why not? Why can't they
carry their pregnancy to term?"
I will you it doesn't matter why.
What matters is CANNOT.
And no one has to have your permission
to justify their CANNOT!!!

You are still in our way.



Beulah Land 60 Oil Paint Rendered — Glade Creek Mill, Babcock State Park, Clifftop, West Virginia
It doesn't matter what our chances are!
We are here to do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
the way it needs to be done,
no matter what.

Live out of that orientation
and you have it made,
whether things work out
to your profit, benefit, gain, advantage,
or not.

But, there is a catch:
You have to be right about
what needs to be done.
That means you have to be able
to change your mind on a dime,
which is a ridiculous phrase
until you think about it.

Turning your mind around on a dime
gives you absolutely no thinking room
to work with.
It has to be instantaneous,
and spot-on,
like that (snaps fingers).

You have to know what you are doing
without thinking about it
in a See-And-Do kind of way.
And you have to be right about it.

Which means no preconceptions.
No plans.
No agendas.
No idea about when to do what where and how.

It means you are living day-to-day,
out of your own personal experience,
and out of your ability to see what you look at
and size things up immediately,
and respond appropriately
in ways fitting to the occasion
with nothing to guide your actions
beyond seeing what is happening
and knowing what to do
in response.

You have to be ready for anything.
You have to live out of your own integrity
all of the time.

No scheming,
no conniving,
no striving to arrange outcomes
favorable to you.

No keeping the rules.
No bondage to the way things ought to be.
No hard-and-fast ideas about Right and Wrong.

No allegiance to any ideas, convictions,
beliefs and opinions
beyond the absolute importance
of doing what needs to be done,
when, where and how it needs to be done
no matter what.

What is happening?
What needs to be done about it?
Out of your own gifts
and your ability to size things up
and respond in the moment
in ways that are what they need to be?

What does the situation call for?
Do that!
No matter what!

We make it up as we go.
And we have to be right about it.

Better start practicing
if you want to have it down
with everything on the line 
and no time to waste 
thinking about it.


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 “April 28, 2022

    1. Hi Barbara! You are doing a Great Work! Do not let the results determine your effort–let that flow from your ever-renewing commitment and dedication–your fealty–to the need your work is addressing! Live from your heart in all things, with attention only for what needs to be done in each situation as it arises!

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