July 13-A, 2022

Left Mitten Sunset 09/25/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
What does thinking about
what you think about
keep you from thinking about? 

Make your peace with that
and you have it made--
as much as you can have it made
in a culture grounded upon
diversion, distraction and denial.

and confusion
are the orders of the day
every day.

If we don't have all that 
going on in our life
around the clock,
we are boring
and nobody wants
anything to do with us,
so we get with the program
and live loud lives
so that we don't have to listen
to the faint voices
calling our name.

We live too loudly 
to hear anything.

On the other hand,
we could opt
for emptiness,
and silence.
Integrity and sincerity,
in the service of
our original nature
and innate virtues,
bringing them forth
in each situation as it arises
as blessing and grace
upon all those 
who share the moment with us.

Just saying...


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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