October 16-B, 2022

Into the Swamp Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
being on the same page,
or, at least, in the same book,
makes life possible,
even enjoyable.

Where do you experience 
something akin to this
in your life?

And where do you experience
being alone against the world?

"Community" means abandoning yourself
at the door,
putting on your corporate face,
and thinking/doing
what you are told to think/do
for the sake of the appearance of 
belonging to something that knows
better than you
how to live your life.

Appearances form the world we live in.
Nowhere are we connected with ourselves,
taught to listen to ourselves,
trust ourselves, 
serve ourselves,
think for ourselves,
do what we perceive/know needs to be done,
and shown how to find and live our own life.

We live to disappear ourselves 
as much as possible,
and live as the appendage
to a series of groups ("communities")
that tell us how to do it--
how to be a success,
how to be happy,
how to be rich...
anything but how to be who we are.

The pathway to you
is the path to the way--
is the way.

The way is the way of being at one
with ourselves
in association with other selves,
aligned with the good of the here/now
in doing what needs to be good 
in light of all things considered
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

True to our essential/original nature
and the innate virtues/character
that come with us from the womb.

Where do you hear this being said
anywhere in your life
other than here?

Where do you find a community
geared to connecting you to yourself,
your life
and the things that are meaningful to you
as the individual you are?

Where in your life are the terms
used easily, naturally, 
in talking about the source and core
of our existence?

Connecting with a community worthy of us
begins with our individual/personal work
to become a community of one
in association with that which is
deepest, truest and best about us,
and experience the magic of attracting--
and being attracted to--others who are
on the same path,
the path,
the way
of finding and being who we are
within the conditions and circumstances
of life in the world, 


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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