September 13-B, 2022

Blue Ridge, Price Lake 06/10/2018 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Serenity,
peace,
equanimity,
connection,
affirmation,
at-one with the flow of things,
with the way of things,
no striving to make something
be what it is not,
what it has no business being...

At home in the natural world,
with the natural way of things.

Nature does that for us,
gives that to us,
invites us to slow down,
stay for a while.

How long has it been?
Since you spent time
with nature?

As a species,
we spend more time
disturbing nature
than communing with nature--
exchanging scenic vistas
for parking lots--
making progress.

Progress doesn't do
what nature does.
Does not restore our souls,
restore us to our soul.
To our heart.
To The Way.
The natural way of being in the world
by being with the world,
with the way of being with the world.

Step away from noise and complexity.
Find your natural way of being 
with the world.
Discover the face that was yours
before you were born.
The who you have always been,
and will always be,
waiting for you to wake up,
slow down,
and make acquaintances.

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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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