August 18-A, 2022

Hanging Out on Hanging Rock 10/28/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, North Carolina
We step off the beam
when we begin to calculate
our advantage,
think about what we stand to gain,
and plot our strategy
with our best interests in mind.

As though we know what our best interests are.

We step back on the beam,
when we catch ourselves
in the act of being crafty
and sly in our behalf,
say something on the order of
"What do you think you are doing?"
Nod, and reply,
"Slipped again."
Do the breathe in, breathe out,
count to five exercise
five times,
tune into the emptiness,
the stillness
and the silence,
and take up the way again.


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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