August 26-B, 2022

Garden Creek Baptist Church 09/05/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
We spend a lifetime working things out
one situation at a time.

Thinking we know 
what we are doing.

Being led along
by fear and desire,
greed and jealousy--
the real Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse--
through predictable outcomes
to unsatisfactory ends
wondering what could have made
all the difference.

Waking up would not 
have hurt anything.

Self-transparency would have 
worked wonders.

No expectations,
would have avoided 
a number of catastrophes.

and sincerity
in the service of spontaneity,
with no thought of advantage or gain,
would have introduced
unpredictable wonders
and astounding surprises.

and loyalty
to our original nature
and innate virtues
would have avoided
clandestine alliances,
imprudent betrayals,
lingering sadness
and bitter disappointment
all along the way.

All this would combine
to transform the world
one individual at a time

Starting with me and you.


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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