November 2021

The Pilgrims Gather at Mesa Arch 05/11/2010 — Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah

The parking lot was like this when I got there an hour before sunrise. The tripod positions were all taken two-deep, so I crawled between legs to get my images. Ah, the trials of a landscape photographer!


Life is lived from the heart
in conjunction with our circumstances.
That is the fundamental contrary
that stays with us throughout
our time on the earth.

We take our heart in one hand
and our circumstances in the other,
and make it work.
Neglecting either prevents it from working.

How can we live with our heart
in what we are doing
in these circumstances?
That is the question that has been asked
by all people from the beginning.

Those who discovered the trick
made the best of it
all along the way.

What's the trick?
Find what you love and love it
no matter what.
Take what you love more seriously
than you take your circumstances.

Don't let anything knock you off
what you love to do,
who you love to be.
Do what you love.
Be who you are.
In every situation as it arises.
No matter what.

Being dedicated to that task
makes all the difference.
That way, your circumstances
become the Cyclops
and you become Ulysses.

Joseph Campbell said,
"It took the Cyclops
to bring out the hero in Ulysses.
Step into your circumstances
and be the hero.

Be you.
Loving what you love.
Doing what you do.
Every day.
Always and forever.

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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