December 22-B, 2022

The Old Maple’s Glory Oil Paint Rendered — Bass Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Where do you go to reconnect
with yourself
after you have been shattered 
and scattered 
by impact with the world?

One of my granddaughters said,
"I have to find water.
A puddle of rainwater will do.
I have to be with water."

She is well on her way to
a graduate degree in self-care.

Water has become a symbol for her
of the life beyond life.
Water is "transparent to transcendence,"
and buoys her up
by grounding her in a reality
that is truer than the hard truths
of her day.

Where do you go?
What does it for you?
What works for you?

The classic trio through the ages
has been art, music and nature.

We find ourselves there.
Come back together there.
Find what we need to do
what needs to be done there.

Wherever it is,
we find it for ourselves.
No one can hand it to us.

I know a woman who finds it
on horseback practicing 
show jumping.
I would have never thought
to tell her, "Go there!"

The way there is itself the way,
and mysteriously,
reveals itself to us
by simply being "IT" for us,
and we know it beyond doubt.

are the way
of finding the way.

Something speaks to us,
calls our name,
and we know it,
and cannot unhear
what we have heard,
unknow what we know.

Evidence of the truth
at the heart of life and being,
found only in the heart
of each of us.

Trust yourself to what resonates
with you,
and return to it often.


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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