January 06-C, 2023

Carver’s Gap 01 05/30/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Roan Mountain Highlands, Tennessee
There are people in, amongst, around
wild places throughout the world
who don't appear to be
any better off for it.

Nature is everywhere,
and the world has been in a mess
from the start.

Nature has as much to say
as it ever has had to say,
and who stops to listen?
And what does their listening do?

There have been sages,
masters,
yogis,
oracles,
hermits,
wise ones,
etc.
forever.

Abraham,
Moses,
Jesus,
There are people in, amongst, around
wild places throughout the world
who don't appear to be
any better off for it.

Nature is everywhere,
and the world has been in a mess
from the start.

Nature has as much to say
as it ever has had to say,
and who stops to listen?
And what does their listening do?

There have been sages,
masters,
yogis,
oracles,
hermits,
wise ones,
etc.
forever.

Abraham,
Moses,
Jesus,
the Buddha,
all the Bodhisattvas,
all the Dali Lamas...

And, for all the difference
they have made,
would we have missed
any of them?

It is clear that none of them
were in it 
for what they could get out of it
or give to it.
Poof, they are gone,
so what?

The So What? question
stands as solid evidence
of their worth,
and the validity,
the truth, 
of what they 
had to say
and were about.

They were about it 
because of it--
in the service of it,
true to it,
for no reason beyond it,
whether it did/does any good or not.

They did not care what their
chances were.
They did what they did
because they knew it must be done,
whether it did any good or not.

Theirs was a holy obligation,
a divine obsession,
a dear and glorious compulsion.
And they could not help
but honor it 
and serve it with their life.

They are the proof we seek
of the value of what they did.
Because of them,
we have all the reason we need
to be as they were,
with a wink and a smile,
anyway,
nevertheless,
even so,
all the way
along the way.

Take heart!
Take heart!
Carry on!
Carry on!

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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.

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