This is the parent page for the first quarter of 2021. I hope you like what you find here, and may 2021 be a blessing to all who know a blessing when they see one!

Ginkgos 03 11/27/2021 — Ballantyne Ginkgo Park, Charlotte, North Carolina
We are in a hurry
for things to be
as we want them to be.

Magic wands were invented
to rush things along--
in a "Serenity NOW! DAMNIT!!!"
kind of way.

We do not want to wait
for what we want!
Because it might not be
what we want!
And we want to be SURE 
it is what we want.

And here we are.

Nothing changes until we do.
And we don't change
until we change our mind
about what is important.

Nothing will be different
until we are different.
Which means handing over control.
Surrendering what we want
in the service of what needs to happen-
in a whole-hearted,
total commitment,
"Thy will, not mine be done,"
kind of way
(With "Thy" being the way things need to be
for the good of the whole
in each situation as it arises,
throughout the rest of time).

It is amazing how well things work together
when nothing is striving to have its way
at the expense of everything else.

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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