May 23-B, 2023

Side Street Blowing Rock 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Richard Bernabe writes 
in his "Creative Vision Newsletter" this month 
about the importance of expressing 
ourselves--the vital/vibrant/living/alive ME/YOU
in and through our life/art.

Our art is our life.
Our life is our art.

We bring ourselves forth
in the way we live,
in the things we do (our art)
to declare/show/exhibit/reveal/express
who we are.

We are not here to be a copy of someone else,
to do "it" like someone else does "it,"
like "it" ought to be done,
making someone else pleased with us,
happy with us,
repeating back to the professor
her/his views of history (etc.)
in order to have his/her approval
and a passing grade.

No one can grade our art!
How well does it exhibit who we are?
There is our "grade"!

We only have ourselves to listen to.
We only have ourselves to please.
Our original nature is dying to come out,
to shine through,
to be as it is in all that we do.

And we stuff it to please those
who know who we ought to be.
They should be ashamed of themselves
for thinking they know more about us
than we do,
and we should be ashamed of ourselves
for thinking they are right.

We all walk into a scene 
and see it differently.
There is no right way to see a scene.
Some of us weep it,
some of us laugh it,
some of us paint it,
some of us sing it,
some of us dance it,
some of us play it...

Being true to ourselves
is getting out of our way
and being who we are here/now
in each situation as it arises
all our life long,
by doing what we do 
in response to the moment
from our heart
as a blessing
and a grace
upon the situation
and those who share it with us,
as our art
come forth in our life,
as our gift of being
to the wonder of existence.

What more could life have to offer
beyond the opportunity
to be who we are,
when and where we are--
doing "it" like we would do it,
like only we can do it,
here and now for as long as life lasts?


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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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