February 28-A, 2023

Blue and Green 07/24/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Black Lake, Campti, Louisiana
There are people who hate other people
because they see partially
and with partiality.

Seeing wholly, completely
and impartially
is to see with balance and harmony
and the world is a peaceful place.

How long has it been?

Not in the lifetime 
of anyone who has ever lived. 

Seeing partially
with partiality
is the way it has been done
from the start.

And all it takes
is turning the light around.

Anyone can do it.
Very few do.

Hate and anger
are all the rage.
Rage is the rage these days.
With no way of reigning it in.
Some things have to burn themselves out.

The Dali Lama said,
in talking about the Chinese takeover of Tibet,
with millions of people 
being displaced and murdered,
"If, in any situation, 
there is no solution, 
there is no point in being anxious. 

"If the forces at work 
have their own momentum, 
and what’s going on now 
is the product of what went before, 
and if this generation is
not in control 
of all those forces, 
then this process will continue.” 

Until they burn themselves out.
Or die out.
Whichever comes first.

Prepare for a long haul.
Gather around you 
the precious few,
your community of kindred souls,
for the mutual support they offer,
and ride it out
as best you can
with noble hearts
and tender spirits,
a place where all can find rest
and be restored to life
in the Wasteland.  


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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