June 18, 2022


Sunrise Fantasy at the Totem Group 03 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Without motives,
and opinions, 
we are free to just be where we are,
seeing/hearing what's what
and what is called for,
and doing what needs to be done
with the gifts/daemon/shtick
of our original nature
and innate virtues,
when, where and how it needs to be done,
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what,
all our life long.

If you can come up with a better
approach to your life and living it,
by all means, go for it!



Lake Haigler 47 11/17/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
With the complete loss of everything,
we are left with here/now
and what needs to be done,
when, where and how it needs to be done
with our original nature
and innate virtues.

Where we are needed
and the opportunities to provide it
will remain with us 
as long as we can rise and meet the day.

Being and doing what is called for here/now
is the task that remains viable
for us all
no matter what
all our life long.

As long as there is something 
that needs to be done,
we have something to do.

"And when the heaving sea
has shaken my raft to pieces,
then I will swim!"
(Odysseus in the Odyssey).



Fox Glove 05/18/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — Ross Nursery, Charlotte, North Carolina
It is amazing what occurs to us
just sitting,

My hunch is that we don't
spend enough time
in that way.

We have to validate our existence,
you know.
Have something to show for
our unending effort
in the service of success
and prosperity.

We can't just sit around
and let life pass us by.

We have to be going places,
getting things done,
proving our worth.

Just sitting
is impossible to justify.

I recommend that you just sit
as often as possible
every day.


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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