October 08-A, 2022

Cataloochee Bridge 01 09/02/2014 — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee District
We nurture, nourish, our connection 
with the way
through routine returns to emptiness,
and silence,
and with regular visits
to the natural world.

Nature is just so,
just as it is,
with no pretensions
or aspirations,
and a reach that does not
exceed its grasp.

Our nature is that way as well.

The Buddha was hailed
as "the one thus come."
The one who was who he was.

Jesus maintained that same
relationship with himself.
He claimed to be one with God,
who had said, "I am who I am,"
and Jesus referred to himself
as "the Son of Man,"
which is to say, "A regular human being,"
one with humanity and one with God,
and "one thus come."

The more we are who we are,
the more we are one with all living things.

Integrity and sincerity
run through the heart of life,
and connect us with life
and with those who are alive.

The return to nature
and the return to our natural self,
to our essential nature,
is the sine qua non of life at its best,
life just being what it is,
true to itself and all sentient beings.

"So close, and yet, so far away." 

Because, we have plans, you know.
Big ideas.
About the Big Time.

Daffodils are quite fine
with being daffodils.
Just as they are. 


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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