January 17-A, 2023

Hatteras Lighthouse 09 10/25/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Hatteras Island, North Carolina
We have a goal:
To live aligned with ourselves,
in sync with our heart,
our nature
and the virtues that are unique
(As in, "Among the virtues of this old mare,
are her gentle way with children,
and her smooth gait when carrying them)
to us--
as unique as our fingerprints
and iris cones--
with honor and respect for one another,
and deep appreciation
for emptiness,
and silence
in the work of discerning the way
in each situation as it arises,
through all conditions,
and circumstances
in the work of balancing contradictions
and living in harmony
with all sentient beings
through all the days of our life.

It helps to remember that,
to be reminded of it,
from time to time. 


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 “January 17-A, 2023

  1. Sentient, Including the cat, who likes to be the slave who tests the food before it touches the master’s lips. Yes, really.


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