September 09-A, 2022

Cove Hardwood 03 04/11/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Tops Picnic Area, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
I cannot tell you anything
you don't already know.
I can only remind you of things you know
and have forgotten,
or have been pushed aside
by concerns for the affairs of life,
which are quite legitimate,
and must be tended.

For instance, there is the supreme importance
of knowing/realizing/honoring/reflecting/incarnating
what is deepest, best and truest about you
in the way you live your life.

These things are your original nature
and the innate virtues that are yours from conception.
They are heart-and-soul things.
Not to be forgotten, neglected or abandoned.
They are the essential things,
the things that are our guardians and guides,
the things that keep us centered upon
and grounded in 
who we are and what we are about.
The things from which we cannot be separated
by anything that comes our way.

Being and remaining true to these things
carry us through the heaving waves
and past the clashing rocks
to the bright light of the farther shore
where there is rest from our journey
and peace for our souls,
and the joy of oneness with all beings 
from everywhere everlasting.

And if there isn't,
there damn well should be.


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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