May, 2023

Lake Francis 02 10/31/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
The way we see things
has implications for
the life we live
and for the lives being lived
about us.

I recommend seeing the way we see things
and reflecting on that
in emptiness,
and silence,
and seeing how our seeing
impacts our seeing.

Bringing intentional reflection
to bear on anything
changes our relationship with it.

We change our relationship with ourselves
by being aware of it,
and in so doing,
we change ourselves
by the simple act
of being aware of ourselves.

We change the way we swing a tennis racket
merely by becoming aware 
of how we are swinging the racket.

Awareness transforms our life,
transforms our world,
the world,
and the impact it has on us,
and we on it.

The best thing you can do
for your life
is to be aware of it.

It is also the best thing
you can do for yourself.


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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