May 17-A, 2023

Watch Out Little Mouse! 06/17/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Barred Owl at the Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
All my heroes are one-dimensional
as far as I can tell. 

The Buddha was "One thus come,"
with no airs about him.
He gave up the multi-dimensional life
for a begging bowl,
and was happy just being who he was.

Everybody who knows what's important
is that way,
and they don't stray far from the center
of what matters most.

And I aspire to be as they are
in my declining years.
Sitting alone,
looking out the window
suits me just fine--
because that leaves ample room
for reflection,
which is the pathway to new realizations.

There is always something more to see
for those who know how to look,
asking all of the questions that beg to be asked,
saying all of the things that cry out to be said,
digging away to get to the bottom of everything
which gets deeper and wider
the farther we go,
so that there is no end to the journey,
and laughter is an eternal companion of the way. 


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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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