November 21-B, 2022

Carolina Thread Trail 42 11/20/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — 12-Mile Creek Access, Wax Haw, North Carolina
A good bit of trouble
could be avoided
simply by paying attention.

Thinking we know what we are doing
is a mistake.

Knowing that we do not know 
as much as we think we know
is advisable. 

Slowing down,
settling in,
being here/now
is a reliable strategy
for life.

Looking around,
knowing what's what,
what's happening
and what is called for
complete the check list.

Matching the situation
up with our original nature
and innate virtues
puts us in good shape
for doing what needs to be done,
and no one can do more than that.

And "virtue" has nothing to do with
the typical list of "virtues and vices,"
and everything to do with the qualities
we bring to life just by being who we are,
as in "The virtues of this mare
include her long stride
and gentle gait,
and her way with children."

Or, "Aluminum canoes have virtues
that Kevlar canoes lack--
and vice-versa."

Being clear about our nature
and our virtues
puts us in the center of the path
that cannot be discerned as a path,
but is the most reliable way
of getting where we are going
there is.


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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