October 01-C, 2022

Leaves in the Pond 10/28/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Upper Pond, Bass Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway,
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Getting what we want 
and having our way
are the hallmarks of success
and happiness.

We know nothing of what 
we ought to want.
We just want what we want
as though wanting knows.

The story goes that
the tribe of Delaware Indians
who traded Long Island
for shiny beads and silver mirrors
got what they wanted.

We trade our life
for goods and services
of about the same value,
thinking what a bargain we got,
refusing to wake up 
to the emptiness of it all,
wanting more on top of more
to take our mind off 
the futility of living 
in the hamster cage.

There are alternatives to wanting,
having, owning, possessing, striving,
attaining, grasping, forcing...

for starters.

The right kind of emptiness,
stillness, silence.

Integrity, sincerity, spontaneity.

Spirit, energy, vitality.

Our essential nature,
our innate virtues.

Balance and harmony.

Compassion and kindness.

Relishing the wonder
of a cup of coffee
and good company.

Without contrivance
or deceit.

Just being "as one thus come."
And letting that be enough.


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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