May 08-A, 2023

Beidler Forest 06/23/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Audubon Wildlife Refuge, Four Hole Swamp, Harleyville, South Carolina
Asking the questions that beg to be asked
and saying the things that cry out to be said
are the foundation of realization.

If we aren't digging, digging, digging
into all the assumptions,
things taken for granted,
sacred presumptions,
and holy ground,
within and without,
we are going to serve the same old same old
and ways of thinking
and doing things
for the remainder of our life.

BOO!BOO! on that, I say!
FIE! FIE! on that!

Ask, and go on asking.
Knock, and go on knocking.
Dig, dig, dig and keep on digging.

What makes you think that something is so?
That you are right about what you think?
How do you know what you know?
Who says so?
What gives them their authority?

We cannot help how we see things,
We can be aware of how we see things.
And we can make deep inquiries regarding
what makes us think that the way we see things
is the way to see things.

How else might we see things?
What is keeping us from seeing things that way?

Become your own authority,
and question authority at every turn.
Throughout the time left for living.


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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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