July 20-A, 2022

Morning Mist 09/04/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
What needs to be heard
is what needs to be said,
but,
who needs to hear
what needs to be heard?
It would shake their foundations
and ask hard things of them.
It would denounce their sacred assumptions
and require of them truthful living.
Awakened living.
Illumined living.
Living transparent to themselves,
self-aware,
with sincerity and integrity.

Where do the sincere and well-integrated live?
Where did they go?
When did they leave?
Were they ever here?

Who exhibits sincerity and integrity
in novels?
In movies?
In plays?
In music?
Anywhere?

It's all noise and activity,
but no one is saying
or doing anything.

Reality Winner 
and Cassidy Hutchinson
stand out.
Alexander Vindman
stands with them.
And Capt. Brett Crozier
of the USS Theodore Roosevelt...

Others will come to mind.
But, they will not be many
when all are named and honored,
and the drift is clearly 
to not listen
to what needs to be said
and to not know what needs to be done.

It's up to us to turn the light around.
Seeing what we look at
and hearing what being said--
and not said--
and knowing what's what
and what needs to be done in response,
and doing it when, where and how 
it needs to be done,
not caring what our chances are
with everything on the line.

Living with sincerity and integrity
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what.
The platform for the future,
beginning now.

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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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