December 03-B, 2022

Camden Harbor Morning 09/23/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Camden, Maine
Growing up is changing our mind--
particularly about what is important.

Growing up is changing the way we think.

Changing the way we look at things.

Changing the way we see things--
seeing everything as though for the first time
all of the time.

Growing up is waking up
some more
every day.

The Buddha, it is said,
died from eating bad pork.
How enlightened was that?
Just saying.

Just saying enlightenment
is not one and done.
But always,
minute by minute,

We are always waking up,
being enlightened,
seeing what we look at,
moment by moment,
throughout our life.

How long has it been since
we looked at what we see?

How dare we hold anyone at fault
for not seeing as we do?

No one sees as we do.
Around the table,
across the board,
throughout time,
backwards and forward.


No one is ever grown up.

Pretenders are everywhere.

Make it your goal 
to see something today.

Every day.


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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