June 19, 2022


Moonrise 02 11/16/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island, South Carolina
We are the guardians
of the Outlands, 
of the Boundary lands,
of the Borders.

We keep an eye out
for threats to our security and stability--
for noise and complexity.

Nothing destroys our balance and harmony
like noise and complexity.

That is why AAAUUUUMMMM...
is such a necessary
restorative device.
Calling us back to here/now,
settling the mud,
clearing the water...
allowing us to just breathe
and be present 
with the time and place of our living.

Threats to our security and stability
are neutralized
and disappeared
by our return to balance and harmony,
emptying ourselves
in the stillness 
of the silence
between breaths

We are the guardians
reminding us to return
to the silence,
and be well.



Purple Iris 02 05/18/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — Ross Nursery, Charlotte, North Carolina
We can reduce our vulnerability
by reducing our exposure
and increasing our awareness,
We will remain vulnerable
as long as we are alive.

To be alive is to be vulnerable.
Only the dead are beyond damage.
Which means that we have to toughen up.
Take in in stride.
Let it be.
Embrace our vulnerability,
and tell ourselves to not worry about it
because we will take care of it--
by living from being grounded upon
the Anchor Stone
of our original nature
and innate virtues,
which equip us to meet
and deal with
whatever comes our way.

We started out in the jungles and the caves,
with nothing but our original nature
and innate virtues to work with,
and here we are.

We have what it takes to do what it takes
to find our way through all
contexts and circumstances.
Vulnerability is just one more thing
to accept about the way things are
as we step into the day
and look around for what needs to be done.

Welcome to the Ride.
The Walk.
The Path.
The Journey.

We are all in this together,
and we help one another along the way.
It is good to have your company!



Lake Francis 02 10/31/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fraser Snowden said,
"The only true philosophical question 
is 'Where do you draw the line?'"

How do we know?

Dig in.

Get to the bottom of it.

See where it goes.


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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