May 10-B, 2023

Day’s End Again 10/27/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks
North Carolina
Awareness and clarity
are the solutions
to all of our problems today
and every day.

Seeing is knowing is doing is being
is looking is seeing is knowing...

We look but don't see
because we don't want to see,
because seeing has implications for us
and the way we want things to be.

Those who see are not welcome
in the company of those who see not,
and have been persecuted 
through the centuries
for seeing and saying what's what.

Those who see in the land of the blind
are crucified,
or ignored,
tared and feathered
and run out of town.

It does not pay to try to 
show others
what they do not want to see.

Martin Luther King, Jr. 
is just one example
of what seeing gets the seer.

The advantages of not seeing
are many,
the chief one being changing nothing
about the way life is lived.

Changing our mind about the way things are
changes the way things are
and changes us by having to live
in an ever-changing world.
"That's asking too much!"

We like our traditional ways of doing things,
thinking about things,
our routines,
our ruts,
our lives just like they are forever.

Growing up means changing our mind
about what is important
through all of the stages of life--
which most of us refuse
between 15 and 20,
remaining adolescents for life,
as evidenced by the way we spend our money
and the way we spend our time. 

Leaving awareness and clarity
as unused solutions to any of our problems
today or any day.


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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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