August 12, 2020


Day’s End 10/27/2008 — Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, October 27, 2008
Facts are not always what they appear to be.
Seeing things changes things.
What was good in our grandparents' day
may not be good at all today.
Truth itself is on the block.
What truth means changes with the clock.

Ortega y Gasset might say,
"True and false meet at the edge of the coin."
Everything is relative to something else.
How we see things depends
on how we look at them.

Maybe yes, maybe no.
Time will tell.

In the mean time,
we have to go with 
the time that is at hand,
even though the times are a'changin'
as we speak.

But, here and now are the operative concerns,
and what the situation calls for
here and now
may never be the same e'er again.

Here and now, we make our best guess 
about what matters most,
and what needs to be done about it,
and do it.
And let that be that,
as we step into the next here and now
and repeat the process forever.

I wish I could do it all over again,
some days.
Other days I think I couldn't make it
much better with 10,000 tries.
Because improving this,
worsens that,
and better is just a ratio
between good and bad.
And it takes time to tell.

And some people never learn
to tell time.
And no two people are going to 
always agree about what's what,
much less which is better 
and which is worse.

People are funny that way.

Only you can make up your mind,
and only you can change it.
Even though no one changes their mind
by trying to.
If you don't think so,
just try it.
But how we see things changes all the time.
And what determines that?
There is more to everything 
than meets the eye,
and the hidden stuff
is just a perspective shift away.

We all are our grandparents,
saying, "This is good and that is not!"
And time will tell.
And more time will tell something else.

Time is funny that way.

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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