August 07-A, 2022

Moonrise at the Totem Group 02 Oil Paint Rendered –Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona
Silence is a lost art
and the primary source of realization.
Things occur to us out of the silence.
We can ponder the solution to a problem
for days 
and take a shower
and there it is
with a clarity and certainty
that leave all questions answered.

Or we can wrestle with what to do
until we fall asleep,
and the right action 
comes to us in a dream.

We can enhance our creativity
by being quiet more often,
for longer periods of time.
With no agenda.
No plans. 
No schedule.
No time table for creativity to appear.
Just. Being. Still. And. Quiet.
With no end or outcome in mind,
and no possibility of "success"
or "failure."

Being silent for the joy of being silent
will turn the light around,
and enable us to see things
normally hidden from view.

Making that a new way of life
will produce unpredictable 
enhancements to the life we are living,
with surprise and wonder
becoming regular companions.


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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