June 22, 2020

Gardenia 06/21/2020 01 — Indian Land, South Carolina, June 21, 2020

I do not know of any of AA’s slogans
that I take exception to.
And, If I did,
or ever do,
I would/will take that as evidence
of my having not lived long enough
under the right conditions,
and that with a little more time
and a shift in circumstances,
I will see the sharp truth of that one as well.

Which gets us to
“Acceptance is the solution
to all of my problems today.”
Now, I have fun with this one
because 10,000 things
are the solution to all of my problems today.

Growing up, for instance,
or more of the right kind of help,
or less of the wrong kind of help,
but none of this removes the place
of acceptance on the list.
Acceptance is the right kind of help.
Acceptance is evidence of growing up.
Acceptance is front and center
in the long list of things
that would solve all of my problems today.

Which gets us to
nothing happens until we accept things as they are.

“This is the way things are,
and this is what can be done about it,
and that’s that–
and that is the way things are!”

We walk into a situation
and get to work
seeing what’s what
and what is called for
and what we can do about it
with the gifts/genius/daemon/virtues
we bring to the moment,
rising to the occasion
and doing what needs to be done,
moment-by-moment,
situation-by-situation,
all our life long.

And we cannot do that without acceptance
on all levels.

Acceptance is non-judgmental.
Acceptance is without bias.
Acceptance is allowing things to be
what they need to be
and doing what is called for
by the circumstances at hand–
regardless of what that means for us,
or what the neighbors will think,
or any one of the world full of things
that would stop us from doing
what most needs us to do it.

Acceptance is the Prodigal’s father
running to welcome his son home.
Acceptance is the Samaritan
going to the aid of the stranger
in the ditch.
Acceptance holds no grudges,
Plays no favorites.
Does what needs to be done.

We all need to be more accepting
than we are
of our place in life
and of the path before us.

A lot rides on that being the case.

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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