May 13, 2022


Pitt Street Sunset 12/05/2017 02-B Oil Paint Rendered — Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
Can you imagine a satisfying life 
apart from going/doing/having/getting?
Just being?
Being just as we are?
Just so?
At ease with ourselves
and our place in our life?

What bills would we run up like that?
How much would it take to live like that?
It would destroy the economy.

The economy is fueled by our life style.
It depends on our living the way we live.
It craves our living the way we live.
The economy is dependent upon us.
It is addicted to us
And feeds on us
feeding on it
by continually, endlessly,
creating in us the needs
it so gluttonously satisfies.

The economy cannot afford for us to be content.
What would it take for you to be content?
To live out of your own creativity and curiosity?
To be at peace?
Balanced, harmonious?
Doing what you say needs doing,
the way it needs to be done?
In your own time?
Just being you?



Sanskrit Breathe 04 — Symbols of Transformation
There are no solutions in sight.
Or anywhere else.
We are stuck,
as always, 
with making the best of it.
And, we need all the help we can get.

Where do you go for help?
What helps you with 
all you have to deal with?
How often to you take advantage
of the help that is available to you?

The kind of help we need,
across the board,
around the world,
is a perspective shift.
That is the only thing that 
stands between us and 
being able to handle
what is ours to handle.

How do we change our mind
about what's what
and what is ours to do about it?

Here is the truth
about everyone's situation:

This is the way things are,
and this is what we can do about it,
and that's that.
That is the way things are.
What are you going to do about that?

Changing our mind about what is ours to do
flips the script
and settles us into
the Sisyphean Task
of getting up again
and doing again
all that can be done
with what is before us
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

Don't want to do it any more?
Change your mind about it,
and get in there and do your thing
as best you can
and let that be that

Out live what you don't like
about your life!
That is all there is to 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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