September 03-C, 2022

Hatteras Moon 10/26/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Intending mercy and goodwill,
and sincerity
will do no harm.

Living from the heart,
with no stake in the outcome
beyond doing the best 
we are capable of doing
in each situation as it arises,
without being profit driven,
or gain/advantage obsessed,
will go a long way toward
peaceful accord
and mutual honor and respect for all.

We are a long way from that worldwide
but "the influence of a vital person vitalizes"
(Joseph Campbell),
and we cannot discount the importance
of one person living life
the way life needs to be lived.

Live to be that person.

Throughout the time left for living.


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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