December 04-A, 2022

Spring on the River 04/05/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Oconaluftee River, Cherokee, North Carolina
Sages and gurus have such a boring life.
We could not follow the Dalai Lama
through his day.
He never goes to Wal Mart.
He orders nothing from Amazon.
Yet he makes on over enlightenment.

Enlightenment is not very entertaining.
Yet, enlightened people smile a lot.
And say very little.

It isn't a life style that commends itself
to those who are Harry Styles fans,
or competes well with the Super Bowl
or March Madness.

It is a completely different way of life,
with emptiness, 
stillness
and silence
occupying much of each day.

Focusing on the moment at hand,
seeing what is called for
and doing what needs to be done about it
in each situation as it arises
does not lend itself
to noise,
complexity 
or drama--
and would need to be guided
step-by-step
through the DMV's driver's license 
application process
if the spiritual adepts ever wanted to drive.

It is an amazing blend of worlds,
quietude and Tiktok.
We cannot expect to be one
without some radical mind-shifts going on.

And so it is said,
"We have to be at the end of our rope
before we can change our mind
about what is important."

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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.

One thought on “December 04-A, 2022

  1. Absolutely! For me, four of the most dangerous words in the English language are, “Let me entertain you.” Gorgeous dying leaves over flowing water in your photograph capture the spirit of change.

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