August 7, 2020

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Lake Andrew Jackson 07/26/2020 13 — Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster County, South Carolina, July 26, 2020
What is the most meaningful (to you personally) thing you do?
How often do you do it?
For how long each time?
How long has
it been since you've done it?

What keeps you from doing it?
)r interferes with your doing it?

I don't know you,
or don't know you very well,
but.
My hunch is
that the most meaningful (for you personally)
thing you can do
over the course of what remains of your life,
is what has been the most meaningful (for you personally)
thing over your life to this point.

Check me out on that.
Get back to me in, say, 5 years.

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Lotus Blossom 06 B
My favorite all-time heroes,
and my exact idea of how it ought to be
for every one of us throughout time 
are Tevya and Golda in The Fiddler on the Roof.

Their life is my ideal life for all people everywhere.

Their life is structured by a particular belief-system,
which amounts to a way of perceiving the world,
all of life,
and how we fit into it,
but.
However we think things are,
if the overall result is life like Tevya and Golda live it,
then it is just fine, 
no matter what it is.

It all is just a way of thinking about how things are.
Just a way of finding meaning in how things are.
Finding meaning that enables us to live meaningfully.
And I can't think of any way of life 
that is more meaningful 
than Tevya's and Golda's way of life.
What more could life offer than they have?
What more could they want than they have?

We get up,
face each day,
do our thing,
don't keep score
or strive endlessly to "get ahead,"
and let the outcome be the outcome.

"Do our thing"
is the key.
Do we have a "thing"?
Do we do it?
Are we fulfilled/satisfied
doing our thing?

Too many people don't have a "thing,"
or aren't doing it.
They are looking for a "thing."
Wanting some other "thing."
Wanting "the best thing."
Wanting to be admired, "thing or no thing."
Wanting to be admired, envied, for "no thing."
For "nothing."

Have a "thing"
and do it,
make enough money
to pay the right bills,
and don't worry about the outcome.

That's all it takes.
What would you do with more than that?

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Rainbow Falls 09/20/2015 07 — Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, New York, September 20, 2015
There are those who need to dominate,
and there are those who need to be left alone.

And here we are.

I don't know how we work this out.

We have been "working it out" from the beginning.

And that reminds me.
We all,
whether we need to dominate
or need to be left alone,
think of "The Beginning,"
as though there has been only one.

One Big Bang,
or one "Let There Be,"
however you choose to think of it.

"As it was in THE beginning..."
Well. 
That's presumptuous.

How many have there been?
How are we to know?

10,000 Big Bangs, perhaps.
Coming and going
over long sweeps of time past remembering.

Who would remember?
Or care?
 
I wouldn't care to go through
the endless process of caring
or remembering,
but I think it would be instructive 
to watch that play out over time
over the entire course of time,
keeping records,
seeing patterns,
drawing conclusions,
devising theories...
Or at least reading some
well-crafted and quite succinct reports
at various points along the way.

I wonder if it would come down to 
domination and left alone
every time.

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, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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