September 22, 2021


Smoky Mountain Dawn 11/07/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Clingman’s Dome (Parking Lot), Cherokee, North Carolina
As we reduce the noise
and the complexity
in our life,
we are likely to discover
there isn't much there.

Take away the drama
and what's left?

This is a stark realization
of how little we are doing
with the time left for living.

And, it is a call to spend it
with things and people 
that are meaningful to us.

No more meaningless chatter!
No more meaningless pastimes!
Where is the meaning in your life?
Dive into that!
Spend your time there!
Do that!

Reducing the noise, clutter
and complexity
brings meaning to the fore!
And if nothing means anything to us,
that is a call to get with remembering
the things that have been meaningful,
and may yet still be.

Recall what you did in childhood
that shut out the world,
and search for how that might
translate into this stage of your life.

Or what doors it might open
into related areas of interest.

Free yourself to imagine what you might love
and see where that might lead.

It would be a terrible thing to live meaninglessly
without making every effort 
to find what might spark a fire in your heart
that lights the rest of your way!



Mesa Arch at Sunrise 01 05/11/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
What are we doing
with the time 
that is our to live?

What are we being called to do?

What is our thing?

When Captain Jack Sparrow says,
"It's the pirate's life for me, Gibbs.
I have no say in the matter.

Do we know what he means?

What is it for us
that was the pirate's life for him?

Do not die without knowing!

And doing!

What you have no say in the matter about!


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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