September 14-B, 2022

High Tide 02 10/15/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine
Life is the source of life.
There are no gods.
No pecking order.
No beginning.
No end.
This is it.
Basically, all there is--
just another representation
out of an infinite number of possibilities.
What are the chances?
It is all possible over time,
and we have all the time there is.
And all the space.
Nothing is lacking.
It's all going on a ride.
A journey.
The journey is all there is.

What matters?
How should we live
in light of all this?

With kindness aforethought.
And compassion
For each other,
and all that is.

What is with ruthlessness
and malevolence?

And emotions?
When did life become emotional?

And gain and loss?

And all of the dichotomies?

So many questions!

It all comes down to knowing.
To realizing.
To enlightenment.
To illumination.
To realization.
To putting two and two together.
To making the connections.
To connecting the dots.

It all becomes clear in time.
To those who see and hear and understand
with no stake in the outcome.
As an objective witness
to all that is going on.
With nothing to gain
and nothing to lose.
Just seeing.
Just hearing.
Just knowing.
Just being.
Saying, "Wow! Of course!" a lot.
And laughing.

Laughter is the foundation.

The joke is on us.


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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