May 20, 2022


The Sea Is Coming For Them All 05/10/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina
We cannot mature
without changing 
the way we live our life.
That is why we are awash
in immaturity everywhere we look.

No one wants anything 
to be different about their life ever
(Or, everybody wishes their life 
were different, 
with nothing changing).

Hanging on, hanging on,
not letting anything go.
How is that for terminal immaturity?

I don't know what we are going to do.
Maturation changes our relationship
with ourselves, 
other people
and our life.
In dramatic ways.

And it is past time for that to happen
throughout this country,
and the world.

Nothing changes until that does.
And that's asking too much.



Mallards in Flight 01/27/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
What has seen you through
all of your false starts,
missed opportunities,
wrong turns,
dead ends,
lost causes,
bad choices,
dismal showings,
up to now?

What has kept you afloat?
Why are you still here?
What has been your foundation,
your guide?
What can you rely on,
count on,
depend on
about you?

What is your ace in the hole?
What is (are) your true trait (traits)
that keeps shining through it all?

What is it about you that
won't let you go?

What are the constants
that keep showing up
and coming to your aid?
That are diligent and faithful
to your cause?
That are your best virtues?

Sit down with a cup of coffee
and your cookie of choice,
or glass of wine 
and a suitable munchie,
and have a party
inviting them all to join you
for a toast of appreciation
and gratitude.

Sink into the goodness of their company,
and tell them what they mean to you,
and listen to what they have to say.


We have to treat right
what has been treating us right
all this time.
And listen to their guidance.

The rest of the way.



A Place to Sit for a While 09/05/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Haigler, Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
The three adjustments are:
No Expectations.
No Agenda.
No Opinions.

Which lead to
and flow from
the three tools:
The right kind of emptiness,
the right kind of stillness,
the right kind of silence.

Which incorporate the two sources:
Our original nature.
The Virtues that come with us from the womb.

In conjunction with the two graces:

All of which combine to provide us
with all that is needed
to find what we need
to do what needs to be done
when, where and how it needs to be done,
in each situation as it arises
no matter what
all our life long.

Which is all it takes,
and it is well within our reach.

Why does it exceed our grasp? 


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.

One thought on “May 20, 2022

  1. Beautifully said, and that positions us as the Tao seeking accord with the Tao, being one with the flow of life and being, by simply “turning the light around…”


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