June 01, 2022


Yosemite Falls 01 03/24/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Yosemite National Park, California
No expectation.
No agenda.
No opinion.
Just seeing 
and doing 
what needs to be done about it.
Whatever "it" may be.

Go about your day like this, 
and note the difference
it makes on you
as you do it.

Why live any other way?
What does living any other way
produce what you see around you
in any moment?

What is worthy about that?



Yellowstone Lower Falls 06/22/2001 Oil Paint Rendered — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
We withstand the complete loss of everything
in the strength of what remains
when all else has been taken away.

We have been doing it from the beginning.
It is the most outstanding quality of the species--
No! Of LIFE--
to find what it takes to go on
by refusing to take the complete loss of everything
more seriously than it deserves,
and to find a way
even so.

The inner world does not abandon us.
We find what we need
in the strength of our original nature
and the virtues that are packed into our DNA.
We are equipped from birth
to take what we are given
and make the most of it.

This is the legacy,
of every living thing!

We all have what it takes to declare,
along with Odysseus, 
"I will persevere 
and I will endure!
And when the heaving sea
has shaken my raft to pieces,
(Homer, in The Odyssey). 

May it certainly be so!


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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