June, 2022

Swan Lake 10/25/2019 08 Oil Paint Rendered — Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, South Carolina
Clarity comes
with waiting for the mud to settle
and the water to clear.

And, it has to be the right kind of waiting--
the kind of waiting that is just waiting. 

In the stillness and silence,
and in the emptiness that is empty 
of everything,
even the desire to be empty,
like the emptiness between breaths
which has no emotions,
attached to it. 
It is just empty.
In the stillness that is just stillness.
In the silence that is just silence.
In the waiting that is just waiting.
For clarity.

Open for realization,
and wonder,
and transparency to transcendence.

Everything, or so it is said,
come to those who wait.

Clarity is close to the top of the list.

With clarity,
all things are possible
and waiting for us to act
in ways that evoke their
and their assistance
in the work that needs to be done.


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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