May 03, 2023 -B

Castle Mountain 09/21/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Bow River, Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Alberta
The culture/the world is in hot pursuit
of the perfect means
With no idea of an end worthy of it.

I wish I remembered the name 
of the photographer
who said,
"The more equipment you have,
the fewer pictures you take."

Fine clothes and tattered lives.

We draw the wrong lines
in the wrong places.

Native Americans would go on vision quests,
which amounted to days
of emptiness, stillness and silence--
time spent waiting for things to become clear.

How much time in a week 
do we devote to clarity?

We think we are clear enough 
about what is important,
we just need better means (more money)
to get what we want.

It is what we want that is lacking.
We need better wants!
We are confused, conflicted and unclear
about what matters most.

First, we have to be right
about what we need.

Then, we can worry about the wherewithal
to acquire it.


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.

3 thoughts on “May 03, 2023 -B

  1. You are right about my opposition to my hitchhiking to Austin being inappropriate in light of its pivotal place in my life–yet my opposition/regret about it is the essential key it its importance. That trip changed everything about my life and set in motion my being here, now. And my opposition to it is foundational in my growth around it and through it. We have to hate the part of our lives that save us in a very real death and resurrection kind of way, but we have to hate it with awareness/realization of the necessity of how things are.

    Just as Life Eats Life is the central contradiction of existence–we have to bear the pain of that realization and embrace the wonder of its necessity at the same time. The rabbits playing in my backyard are coyote food (and hawk food, and owl food, and people food…). We hate the things that are in our best interest. And must to create the tension that moves us along with the flow of life. One of the paradoxes at the center of what’s what.


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