March 31-A, 2023

Stonington Harbor 09/28/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Penobscot Bay, Deer Isle, Maine
There is nothing wrong with us 
that having a trustworthy sounding board 
wouldn't fix. 

Clarity is everything. 

The Buddha's Eight Fold Path 
can be reduced to two: 
Right Seeing and Right Doing. 

Clarity enables both of them. 
Of course, 
the Buddha's word for clarity 
is Enlightenment.

Enlightenment is clarity,
is realization,

The only thing wrong with us ever
is that we lack clarity.

Which makes a sounding board--
and emptiness,
and silence
essential to Right Seeing
and Right Doing.

The church,
any church,
every church,
all churches,
could throw out its theology
and take up the work
of becoming a place
where everyone is a sounding board
and everyone practices
and silence.

It is an idea whose time came
during the life of Jesus,
and we are still waiting
for the light to go on,
and people to wake up
to what has been with them
all along.

Could be any day now.


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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