June 11, 2022


Sunrise Fantasy at the Totem Group 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
The Mystery at the heart of life and being
Fis Life.

Life is The Mystery.

The source of life is life itself.

Life is eternal,
never ending,
forever evolving,
generating new life forms
for any environment,
accommodating itself 
to space and time,
making merry,
through all times and places.

Death is life returning to life.

the rhythm of life and being.



Smoky Mountain Fall 27 10/20/2017 Oil Paint Rendered — The John Oliver Cabin, Cades Cove, Townsend, Tennessee
We have an internal guidance system
that is unfaltering in its accuracy
leading us along the way 
through pitfalls,
dead ends,
wrong turns
and our continuing refusal 
to pay attention
and trust ourselves
to what we are being told.

We have our own ideas, you know.
We think we know what's good for us,
in our best interest,
and "just what we always wanted."

Wanting is the problem.
What does wanting know?
We are where we are by way of wanting.
And not-wanting to hear what 
our inner compass has to say.

A compass is only as good 
as those who possess it 
trust themselves to it.
When they have better ideas,
they wind up in places
they truly have no business being.

Joseph Campbell said,
"That which you seek
lies far back in the darkest corner
of the cave you most do not want to enter."

The compass points into the cave.
We say, "Hell No! Not me!"
And here we are.



Smoky Mountains Panorama 04/12/2014 Detail Oil Paint Rendered — Cherokee, North Carolina
All we need is a little more cooperation.
Or, is it that all we need to be is a little more cooperative?
Which is it?

More cooperation would get us more 
of what we think we want.

We cannot want/wish our way
to where we need to be.

We know what we want
but we don't know what 
that will mean for us.

We know what we don't want,
but we don't know what
that will mean for us.

Getting what we want
can put us in places
we have no business being.

We know what we want
but we don't know what we ought to want,
and we wouldn't want it if we did.

Which gets us to the importance
of being more cooperative.

No expectations.
No agenda.
No plans.
No opinion.
Puts us on track
to taking what we have
and making the best of it--
doing what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises
the way it needs to be done,
and letting the outcome be the outcome,
where we continue the process
of doing what needs to be done,
when and how it needs to be done,
and letting the outcome be the outcome...
No matter what.

It is amazing where this process takes us
with us not having any idea of where we are going.

Cooperate with your life
instead of trying to get
your life to cooperate with you.

It's the kind of difference
that will make the biggest kind of difference
in the way your life is lived,
and in how things turn out.


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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