February 01-B, 2023

Ocracoke Lighthouse 10/12/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
How we see what we look at
depends upon how we look at what we see. 

How do we look at liberals?
People of Color?
Trans-gender People?
Etc. through all the lists
of all there is to look at.

We have a pre-determined preference
for the way we look at practically everything.

Our mind is made up,
and we are clear about
what we are going to see
when we look.

The idea of an objective,
point of view 
belongs to the category 
of Happy Fantasies. 

We only see what we look for.
We only see what we expect to see.
We cannot see anything
we have no expectations regarding.
It is invisible.

In order to see the thing,
we have to be able to make 
some associations between
the unknown and the known.

We have to be able to categorize it,
label it,
name it
in order to know it.

If it is like ketchup,
and we don't like ketchup,
we don't like it.
If we love ketchup,
we love it.

Or, substitute single malt whiskey
for ketchup,
and the same thing applies.

If we look at anything 
the way we look at ketchup
or single malt whiskey,
we see something different
than we see if we look at it
the way we look at horses or dogs.

The way we look at what we see
determines everything that follows.

So, let's begin looking at everything
as though it is an optical illusion,
and watch it change as we look at it
because we aren't associating it 
with anything,
we are just curious
about what we might see if we look
with blank minds regarding
what we are looking at.

We are looking to see what it has
to show us.
At what it might reveal to us
about itself.

We are looking at a mystery.
At a secret.
At an unknown wonder.
Waiting to see 
what we might be shown.

Everything we look at
has a hidden side.
Has magical qualities
enabling it to become something
we have never seen.

If we keep looking
with a blank mind.

and silence
are the path
to balance and harmony,
and all things new.

Waiting to show people
with eyes to see
what is concealed from,
and unknown by,
everyone else.


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.

4 thoughts on “February 01-B, 2023

  1. Thanks, Suzette! It came from a side of me I don’t know much about! So, I can’t claim credit for it. We are invisible to ourselves, and are always looking (ideally) to see what else is there. We are incredibly deep and expansive, magical wonders waiting to be seen, known, relished, enjoyed. We all are incredible, and we haven’t “scratched the surface”! Oh, what marvels reside inside!

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