October 04-B, 2022

Cormorant Sunrise Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island,. North Carolina
Living between the extremes,
between the contradictions,
between the dichotomies,
between the contraries,
between the mutually exclusive polarities...
takes all the fun
out of being alive.

And so, denial.

In the form of diversion,
and refusing to consider
anything we don't want to think about.

The entertaining pastimes--
video games
and all the spectator sports--
come to our rescue,
delaying indefinitely
the unwanted realities
of our life.

Can you imagine the dreadful existence
of someone like the Buddha, say,
or Jesus,
the Dali Lama
and all of the saints in light--
who just faced straight-up
every day?

What a dreadful way to live!

Doing nothing than what needed
to be done,
when, where and how it needed to be done,
from get up to lights out?

Who could live like that?

No TV?
No commercials?
Nothing to take their mind off
whatever was at hand?


We don't wait around for the answer.
The idea alone is more than we can 
bring ourselves to consider.
There has to be a beer around here somewhere...


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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