May 17-B, 2023

Washed Ashore Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
I need the right kind of emptiness,
stillness and silence.

I am waiting on the next realization.

Enlightenment is realization.
We are enlightened one realization 
at a time.

There is no absolute state of enlightenment.
There is no end to realization.
We all are waking up to what's what
and what needs to be done about it
all of the time.

Situations and circumstances
produce conditions that have never existed.
The old is always passing away.
The new is always coming into focus.

The here and now is being transformed
as we watch,
and lasts only as long as it takes
the next here and now to emerge from 
the old one.

"It's a new world Golda" (Tevya) every second.

If you ever think you are enlightened,
have a conversation with your grandchildren.
They live in a world 
you can't visit,
much less comprehend.

And, the Buddha would be even more lost
than we are!

Enlightenment is a frame of mind
that expands by the moment.
Always catching up,
always falling behind.

Always needing the right kind of emptiness,
stillness and silence.

Always waiting on the next realization.


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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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