October 20-B, 2022

Price Lake 02 06/10/2018 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
There are circumstances
which give rise to consequences,
which give rise to circumstances,
which give rise to consequences...

And that is all there is.
Our place in the process 
is to realize and make conscious
how things are
and assist/direct the flow
toward balance and harmony
and away from chaos and mayhem--
toward the center 
and away from the extremes.

Toward the still point
and away from ruthlessness and cruelty.

We bring heart to bear upon random devastation.
We introduce compassion and kindness
into the mix.
We ameliorate the mindlessness
of clashing rocks and crashing waves
within the drifting nothingness
of the wasteland and the void.

We shine the light of consciousness
and morality into the darkness
of universal savagery.
We create good and evil
by saying "Yes" to one thing
and "No" to another.

The humanness of humanity
is our propensity to work relentlessly
in the service of what is right,
"without hope,
without witness,
without reward"
(Steven Moffat),
even so--
because that is what needs to be done,
and that is what we do.

In each situation as it arises
for as long as situations arise
with circumstances producing consequences,
and consequences producing circumstances...


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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