September 12-B, 2022

Sharp Top Reflection 05/25/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Abbot Lake, Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, Virginia
The way to get what you want
is to not want very much
and to be happy with what you have.

Unending wants conflict with one another,
off-set one another,
cancel each other out.
We cannot have this that we want
because it rules out that
which we also want,
and we set up an endless cycle
of wanting opposing wanting.

We can have more of what we want
by wanting less,
and being very happy
with the things we really want,
letting the rest of it go.

For this to work,
we have to be self-transparent.
The more self-transparently we live,
the more transparent to transcendence
we become,
so that the light of immortality
shines through us into the world,
and everyone is blessed
by our wanting very little
and having a lot
of the things we truly want--
and knowing where/when to stop wanting
and simply enjoy what we have.

This generates vitality,
and peace,
and the world comes alive
with the sound of satisfaction
and good will,
simply because we knew when/where to stop wanting
and start enjoying what we have.

We thus become a blessing and a grace
upon all who come our way,
simply by letting go of all the things
we have no business having.


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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