August 04, 2021


Grandfather Mountain 09-10-11 Panorama 10/17/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — Grandfather Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville, North Carolina
How do you maintain/restore 
your balance and harmony?

How do you serve/sustain
your spirit, energy, vitality?

These are the five indicators
of a life well-lived.
Without them in place,
you are faking it,
grinding it out,
looking for escape and refuge,
hoping for deliverance,
wishing you were dead,
or that somebody else was.

The times are always desperate
and the money is never enough
(Billionaires are always acting
as though they are just scraping by.
They worry about their money
more than poor people do.
It's Crazy-Stupid to the core).

Take a personal inventory
at least daily,
doing a check list
of the five markers:

And find what you need to do to
all five.

And do it.

At least daily.



Tupper Lake Shoreline 09/28/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Adirondack Park, Tupper Lake, New York
All it takes 
is being right about 
what needs to be done
and doing it--
in each situation as it arises,
situation by situation,
day by day,
year by year.

Nothing to it.

The easiest way to be right
about what needs to be done
is to be wrong about it
with your eyes open.

Time will tell if it is right or wrong.

If it is right, great.
If it is wrong, great--
that means you stop doing it
and start doing what needs to be done now.
That means doing what you think is right
and needs to be done.

Time will tell.
If you are right this time, great.
If you are wrong again, great--
that means you stop doing it,
and start doing what needs to be done now...

It's like this all the way to being right at last!

Only it isn't at last.

Then, you have to be right about what needs to be done
in the next situation as it arises,
and repeat the process
until you are right again at last.

Only it isn't really last.

Get it?

Do it!

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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