January 14-B, 2023

Sunset, Day 2, 10/25/2012, 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
We make what we can of it--
do what we can with it--
and pass on
back to what we were doing
before life and consciousness interfered
and put us to work.

If you wait long enough,
everything changes,
which makes each moment precious
beyond evaluating.

Time alive and conscious
is of highest value.
We cannot fritter it away
on trivial pursuits!
On entertaining pastimes!
As though it does not matter
how we live.


To ourselves 
and to all other forms of life,
whether we know it and care about it,
or not.

It is up to us individually,
to know and care about it,
and to live as though it matters
who we are and how we live.

To blow that is to blow everything.
And to not blow that is also everything.

This is why we have to develop
our relationship with,
our awareness of,
each other,
and harmony.

It all comes from,
and forms around,

These things are the source
of all that is.

Knowing what to do with it,
with the time that is ours,
comes from,
and forms around,

Our lives are meaningful and precious
to ourselves and to others
in direct proportion
to the amount of time we spend daily
with emptiness/stillness/silence/

Do us all the honor
of sitting down,
shutting up,
the emptiness/stillness/silence/
long enough,
and often enough,
to see/hear/know/realize/be who you are/
do what needs to be done--
in each situation as it arises,
all your life long.

This is called living from your heart.
It is also called saving the world.

Just by doing the right kind of nothing
in the right kind of way.


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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