July 04/ 2022

01

Desert Landscape 16 05/13/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
Bear the pain of life's disappointments,
betrayals and tragic turns
with sincerity and integrity,
living out of your original nature
and innate virtues,
doing your best 
to make the best of it all,
anyway, nevertheless, even so, 
no matter what.

And, when it is done,
go to meet your death
the same way you met your life,
with sincerity and integrity
and all the rest.

Because that is who we are,
and that is how we do things--
the way they need to be done,
in each situation as it arises.

And no one can do better than that.

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02

Dunes 03/07/2002 Oil Paint Rendered — Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley, California
Be right about what needs to be done
and do it.
In each situation as it arises.
That is all there is to it.

Without thought of gain or reward.
With nothing in it for you
but the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it.
Aligned with the gifts/shtick/daemon/etc.
of your original nature
and the innate virtues that are yours
from birth.

Being true to yourself in this way,
and your heart in what you are doing.

Bringing yourself forth into your life
within the here/now of your living.

How far are you from living this way
day by day?

Live to narrow the gap
day by day. 

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03

The Wasteland 11 Oil Paint Rendered — Ghost Trees of Boneyard Beach
We reconcile ourselves with our life
and with our lot in life
in a "Here it is, 
this is it for now,
and I'll make the best of it
all day long today"
kind of way.

Every day.

We grow up by doing what needs to be done,
what needs us to do it,
where, when and how it needs to be done,
no matter what--
whether we feel like it or not,
whether we are in the mood for it or not,
whether we want to or not--
here/now,
true to our original nature
and the innate virtues that are ours
from birth,
every day.

With fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial devotion
every day.

This is the dharma/duty
of human beings.

We are not fully human beings
until we act like human beings
here/now,
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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