October 21-B, 2022

Light Rays at Water Rock Knob Panorama 09/02/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
We are alone against
the conditions and circumstances
of our life,
and we have everything we need.

It comes tucked inside our DNA
alongside our heart and soul.

Every living thing 
comes out of the egg or womb
ready to meet what is waiting for it.

Human beings are no exception.
We only have to learn to use
the equipment we have on hand
to know that it is so.

We are always selling ourselves short,
or down the river,
thinking we don't have anything 
worth having,
when we only have to open ourselves
to what is there
to know that we are well-prepared
for life as it is to be lived.

We aren't better trained in using 
the tools at our disposal
because our species traded its birthright
for the wonders of civilization
and its amazing distractions, diversions
and entertaining pastimes.

We are back to the Garden of Eden here,
with Adam and Eve opting for 
what is delicious to the tongue
and a delight to the eyes
over what is good for life in the world
just as it is.

We are forever making trade-offs,
giving up this in order to have that,
without knowing the full repercussions
of what we are doing.

We do not get far
without knowing what's what
and what is called for
and what to do about it.

To find what we need,
we have to change the ratios between 
thinking and using reason/logic/analytics,
and feeling using
on levels we cannot explain.

When we stop valuing instinct and intuition
in favor of rules and recipes,
we wander off the path,
lose the way,
and enter the wasteland of eternal discontent.

The way back to Eden is "right there,"
for those willing to "turn the light around,"
and begin looking within
for what everyone thinks is without,
peace, satisfaction, contentment and well-being.

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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