July 27-A, 2022

Sunflower on Black Oil Paint Rendered
That there is a willing force
at the heart of life--
at the heart of all living things
(Whether they have an actual heart or not)
is certainly difficult to deny.

Life is so abundant, for one thing.
There are tiny toads all over my yard
these days.

The toad hatch started about a week ago, 
and they are everywhere.
Life is that way.
Fecundity is life's greatest pleasure.

And everything is born knowing what to do next:
All mammals know what a tit is for.
And non-mammals know whatever moves 
is for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks.

There is a will to life tucked away
in all life forms.
The will to life is life,
is how life lives. 

Then there is a will to pleasure.
A will to self-expression.
A will to self-discovery.
And so for seemingly ever.

We are driven by a mysterious will
to see/know/discover/seek/love/know/do/be...

It is our nature,
the nature of all living things.
And it is imperative 
that we live to serve
the will to life/living/being alive.

Why not???

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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