October 11-B, 2022

Baxter Creek Bridge 04 10/30/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains State Park, Big Creek campground, Waterville, North Carolina
We have to have a regimen,
a routine,
an order of the day,
that we follow regularly,
with fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial devotion.

Consisting of the right kind of emptiness,
and silence.

Mindful awareness.

and spontaneity.

Balance and harmony.

and vitality.

All of which connect us
at the level of the heart
with our essential/original nature
and the innate virtues/character
that are ours from birth--
which constitute
"the face that was ours before we were born."

Maintaining this practice
connects us with the anchor-stone
of our core/source,
and enables us
to see/hear/know/understand what's what
and what is called for
in each situation as it arises
and to do what needs to be done about it
throughout our life--
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
no matter what.

Without this kind of grounding practice,
we are leaves on the water,
dust in the wind,
to be carried without direction
into the wasteland
of our eternal discontent.


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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