October 19-B, 2022

Horton House Ruins 06 05/14/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Jekyll Island, Georgia
It is either going or coming,
or going and coming at the same time.
This is the flow of life.

My choice is to be going and coming at once.
Staying and leaving,
living to this and dying to that,
being one with the moment
as momentary as a moment can be,
alive to it all,
at one with it all,
enraptured by it all,
embracing everything,
holding onto nothing, 
hello and good-bye in a single greeting,
life as it is
and will be
for as long as life is possible.

Consciousness is the trick.
Mindfulness does the work.
Knowing knows everything instantaneously,
accepts everything--
even the rejection of it all--
saying yes to no,
and letting it be because it is.

It is called walking on water,
riding the waves, 
swimming joyfully
in the churning turmoil
of the wine-dark sea,
having the time of our life,
here and now,
no matter what,
why not? 

It only takes seeing/accepting
to make it so,
in a "This is the way things are,
and this is what we can do about it,
and that's that," kind of way.

This becomes possible without
emotional attachment or abhorrence
to any outcome,
just seeing, just knowing, just acknowledging,
just being with how things are and also are,
moment to moment,
doing what is needed
and letting that be that,
letting things unfold as they will,
no matter what it may mean--
no matter what it means,
it means seeing what's what,
knowing what is called for
and doing what needs to be done here/now
again and again and again
throughout time.

The Sisyphean Task through the ages.
Enjoying what is to be enjoyed,
and doing what is to be done,
anyway, nevertheless, even so. 


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.

2 thoughts on “October 19-B, 2022

  1. Hi Jim: I have a personal request, and would love to send you an email. I tried the one on your daily posts, but it does not go through. If you are willing, would you send me a personal email. I promise I wont try to sell you anything.


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