December 24-A, 2022

Cypress Slough 02/07/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Big Thicket National Preserve, Kountze, Texas
Everything in this image is doing its thing,
living from its heart,
being true to itself
within the context and circumstances
of its life.

The circumstances call everything forth,
set the terms and conditions
under which everything lives,
and nobody complains,
contemplates suicide...

Everything jumps right in,
doing its own thing,
living from its heart,
without expectations,

Nature is just that way.
The "suchness" of nature
is just this way.

Nature is always as "one thus come."

There is nothing to be negotiated.
Nothing to be "bought" or "sold."

Every day in the natural world
is just what it is,
and everything in the natural world
jumps right in,
doing its own thing,
living from its heart,
doing its best all the time.

As close as we come to this
is a jam session of jazz or bluegrass
giving what they have to offer
for the wonder of what they can 
with everyone doing their own thing,
living from their heart,
doing their best all the time.

I wonder what would happen
if we tried living 
as though it were a jam session...


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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