November 13, 2021


Fort Mill Peach Orchard 01 Oil 11-12-2021 Paint Rendered — Fort Mill, South Carolina
We make out as best we can
in the work to be true to ourselves--
to be who we are capable of being--
within the context and circumstances
of our life
in each situation as it arises.

It helps to be aware of 
in light of what are we living.
What is guiding our boat 
on its path through the sea?
What does integrity demand?

What does it take for us 
to be pleased with what 
we are doing/have done?

How well are we living aligned
with who we would be proud to be?

What do we let ourselves get by with,
time after time?

What do we ignore,
about the quality of our response
to what is happening now?

What standards do we require
ourselves to meet
in terms of the responses we make
to the moment of our living?

What is below us, beneath us?

What do we expect of ourselves
as far as our response to the day goes?

How often do we look ourselves in the eye
in a day?
Commend ourselves on our performance?
Tell ourselves to do better?
Call ourselves to task?
Pat ourselves on the back?

How often are we pleased
with how we deal with the day's deliveries?

What would it take to be pleased
more often?

How often do we hold ourselves to the light,
see what's what,
and do what needs to be done about 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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