June 20, 2022


Dugger’s Creek Falls 07/06/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls, North Carolina
We are at our best
when we are free to 
see what needs to be done 
and do it,
using the gifts/daemon
of our original nature
and our innate virtues,
in the service of the good 
of the moment 
in each situation as it arises.

Anything that interferes with our
keeps us from bringing ourselves forth
to meet the hear/now of our living,
and blocs our development
as full human beings.

Adam and Eve could talk to us about that.
So could the vast majority 
of those who have gone before us.
It is easy to live 
in light of the wrong ends.
But, it is also easy to live
in the service of the right ends.
All we have to do is see/do.

See what needs to be done and do it--
with nothing in it for us
beyond the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it.

And that is just a matter of sitting still,
empty and silent,
waiting for realization to come to life
as seeing evoking doing,
moment by moment,
all our life long.



Country Sunset 11/25/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Indian Land, South Carolina
What would be most helpful
to you right now?
What would mean the most to you
at this place in your life?

I relish affection and kindness.
And I am surprised
at how little of either 
are present in the world these days.
I can't remember the last time
I was surprised by a
"random act of kindness" 
or affection.
People being nice to one another.

Trump seemed to disappear 
kindness and affection altogether.
And COVID was the utter end of it.

Can you imagine masks being a source
of vitriol and rancor?

Right-wing Republicans seem to generate
hostility and hatred.
It's their brand.

It is politically correct these days
to be an asshole.
Assholes voting for assholes is a thing.
Where do they come from?
All of a sudden,
they are everywhere.

The last nice Republican was who, when, where?
It's been so long,
I can't remember.

But, I long for affection and kindness.
I wish they were a thing.
And I wonder how long it will be
before they are back in style.



Morning Glory 08/15/2009 Oil Paint Rendered –Morrow Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Everything connects us with the holy,
the sacred,
the numinous,
the ineffable,
the transcendent,
the mystery...
if we let it.

Everything is a doorway,
a threshold,
a portkey,
to the invisible, spiritual, world
that supports and sustains
the visible, physical, world
of normal, apparent, reality.

It is always "right there,"
"right here/now."

All it takes are eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and a heart that comprehends
what it is seen/heard.

We all have the necessary equipment.
The eyes, ears and heart.
All it takes is attention.

William Blake said,
“If the doors of perception were cleansed 
every thing would appear to (us) as it is, 

"Infinite" is "transcendent."

Words are useless
in the presence of the infinite,
of the transcendent.

The are beyond our experience,
beyond our ability to grasp,

William Blake also said,
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour..."

That is all it takes.
It is all "right there."
"right here/now."

Flip the switch.
Turn the light around.
Get out of the way.


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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