May 12-B, 2022


Leaving Swan Quarter 10/28/2005 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatters National Seashore
The individual, personal, devoted 
oath of allegiance
to the service of virtues
worthy of fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial dependability
in each situation as it arises
our entire life long
is all that is needed
to right the ship
and sail through heaving waves
past clashing rocks
and perils of the journey,
holding a steady course
to a life of true value
lasting joy 
and eternal satisfaction.

Original Nature,
Virtues, gifts, daemon, genius, shtick...
are well within the reach
of every human being.

All that is lacking
is dedication to the task
of being glad to be who we are.
Starting here, now.


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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