March 02-A, 2023

Red Winged Hawks 01 02/28/2023 — From my backyard, Charlotte, North Carolina
A strip of woods runs along a drainage canal connecting with a larger strip of woods
alongside the Flat Branch flood plain which runs through the southern edge of the city,
and is home to the full contingent of wildlife that exists in wooded areas
throughout North Carolina. Deer, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, possums, wild turkey, etc,
range in the wooded areas within the flood plain in Charlotte. And I sit with a camera.
Watching. From my backyard.
Instinct, intuition, premonition,
are tucked into our psyche--
the same psyche that guided our distant ancestors
through their days/lives
and produced us over time.

We know things we don't know how we know.
Vision quests
and walkabouts
are ways those distant ancestors
placed themselves 
at the direction 
of what they may have called
"the animal powers."
In the will of the invisible world.

We can do something similar
without leaving home
by cutting off the TV
and looking out the window.

Emptying ourselves of everything
but our awareness of the emptiness,
stillness and silence,
alert to what arises,
out of the silence
in the way of realization,
or of "apprehending
more than we can comprehend"
(Abraham Heschel).

The visible world
has always been grounded upon
the invisible world.
Imagination is as much responsible
for the world as we know it
as reason, logic, and analytics are.

We are children of the invisible world
as much as we are of the visible world.

With a foot in each world,
we are well-equipped 
to meet each day
and do there what needs to be done,
when/where/how it needs to be done,
throughout the time left for living.

All for the low, low price
of looking out the window.


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.

2 thoughts on “March 02-A, 2023

  1. We have hawks nesting at UNCG. I witnessed a battle between two house sparrows this morning from my kitchen window—distressing in one way, comforting in another.

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