October, 2nd Week, 2022

Goshen Creek 23 07/03/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Boone, North Carolina
Nature is just what it is.
Everything in the natural world
is making out as best it can
without rules and laws and conventions.

Civilization pretends to be civil.
We can trust nature to be nature,
but we cannot trust civilization to be civil.
Including the churches,
the courts
and the justice system.

And who is going to fix that?
Change that?
Improve that?

We can live with integrity,
noble hearts,
kind spirits,
and seek out companions
who are living that way,
but transforming the world
is out of our hands.

Jesus and the Buddha 
left their culture/society
as they found it.
You and I are going to do the same.

Work for improvement,
serve compassion and kindness,
and don't let the lack of 
corporate responses and its refusal
to follow your lead
get you down.

We see things for what they are
and do what we  can,
and let that be that.

It is the way--
has always been the way
and will always be the way.

It is what we have to work with
in doing what is ours to do.
And we aren't doing it for the results.
We are doing it because it needs to be done--
and will always need to be done.
Don't let that stop you,
or even slow you down.


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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