August 06-A, 2022

Lake Brandt Morning 11/06/2008 Oil Paint Rendered –Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro, North Carolina
Marianne Moore said,
"The cure for loneliness is solitude."

Solitude is solidarity with ourselves.

Speak and listen inwardly for a response.
Ask a question and listen for a reply.
See how long you can extend the inner dialogue
imagining a conversation with yourself.

Our best ideas are generated within ourselves,
and we discover Jung was quite right with his,
"There is within each of us
another whom we do not know."
And it is time to make acquaintances. 

Cutting off the TV and sitting quietly,
listening within,
opens up a new world.
Invites exploration of a side of us
we did not know we had.

Insight and intuition come to life
when we listen to what we have to say
and honor what we hear
with attentive respect,
and we discover a friend
we did not know we had,
expanding our world,
deepening our pool of inner resources
just by listening
to what we have to say.


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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