February 21, 2022

01,

Nags Head 10/03/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Outer Banks, North Carolina
Our hope is in our own ability
to stand up and face the day,
and that means eventually
standing up and facing
our inability to face the day on our own.

My agility, stability, flexibility and mobility
are becoming distant memories,
and I'm squaring up to
life on a different basis
than the one I've been accustomed to.

And my hope is in my ability to do that.
My adaptability is every bit 
as dependable as it ever has been.
That is one thing that improves with age,
because of all the practice we get as we age!

The work is the same as ever.
We find what needs to be done
and do it to the best of our ability
with what we have to work with
and let that be that.

That does not change over time.
Once we get that down,
we have it made.
Stand up.
Meet the day.

Adjustment and accommodation, Kid.
Adjustment and accommodation.

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02

February Woods 03 02/11/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Our work is growing up.
Growing up changes us 
in all of the important ways.
We unfold before our eyes,
doing things we didn't know 
we were capable of doing.
Surprising ourselves at every turn.
and there be many turns
on the way to being who we are.

Each turn challenges us
in a different way,
forcing us to rise to meet
another occasion.

No wonder Adam and Eve
said to hell with it
and took the easier path
to escape and denial,
fantasy and illusion,
and profit at any price.

The road not taken
is the way of seeing what needs to be done
and doing it the way it needs to be done
with the gifts we bring to the table
and letting that be that
and on to the next thing that needs to be done.

It doesn't sound like much,
but it will flat grow you up.
Pull you forth.
Show you a thing or two
about who you are
and who you are capable of being
even yet
all the way
to the realization
that we have what it takes
to do whatever is required
to meet the day
every day
with a smile,
and a "I was hoping
I would get to do this today!"

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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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