November 04, 2021


Another Barn 10/17/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Brevard, North Carolina
We settle ourselves into our life
just as it is,
and live there just as we are.

And that is all there is to it.

So, of course, we will have
nothing to do with it!

"NO!" we say, "NOT THIS!

And we are off into contention,
and confrontation,
and competition,
and disgust,
and dismay,
and dissatisfaction...

We live forcing this,
resisting that,
insisting on that over there
appalled and undone
that things are as they are,
wondering why it has to be
the way we require it to be.

We reduce the complexity,
and diminish the noise,
by demanding less
and accepting more.

But that sounds like giving in,
like surrender,
like capitulation,
and we want what we want right NOW!

So, those who see what's what,
step back,
untangle themselves
from the way it is being done
about them,
and let things be as they are,
as they go about doing 
what is theirs to do
within the context and circumstances
of their life
just as it is.

And that is exactly what they would do
if things were more like they ought to be
than they will ever be.

And, that's all there is to it.


Fall Woods 01 11/02/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
There is nothing (ever) wrong with us
that a perspective shift
wouldn't fix.

Attitude adjustments
are the first things to undertake
in every transition point
that comes our way.

And that comes down to
changing our mind
about what is important.

Any time you experience
negative emotional reactions
to your experience,
change your mind 
about what is important,
and go on about your business.

But, what if it IS important,
you say?
Change your mind about the level
of importance
and go on about your business.

Adjustment and accommodation, Kid.
Adjustment and accommodation.

Our business is doing what we can
to do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises.
After that,
it is adjustment and accommodation.
And focusing our attention and effort
on what needs to be done
as the situation develops around us,
creating new situations entirely,
with more things to adjust to
and accommodate.

We change our mind about what's important
and take care of business
throughout the day
every day.

And do it again tomorrow.

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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