This is the parent page of blogs I will post over the third quarter of 2022. I trust that you will find something here that is helpful to you along your way.

Blue Ridge Dawn 09/03/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We reduce our vulnerability
by reducing our exposure,
on one hand,
and by making our peace
with the fact of our vulnerability,
no matter what we do,
on the other.

We all are going to die.
How's that for being vulnerable?
And before we die,
we are going to lose most,
if not all,
of what means the most to us.

The plan for the last few years 
of our life is going to be
"Accommodation, acquiescence and compromise, Kid.
Accommodation, acquiescence and compromise."

Or, to say the same thing with a different spin:

"I will carry on and endure,
and when the heaving sea
has shaken my raft to pieces,
then I will swim!"
(Odysseus in the Odyssey)

We will live out our life in spite of our vulnerability!
We will not be cowed,
or afraid
to stand up and face what must be faced,
and to do with it what must be done! 

We could have used better choices than we had
throughout our life,
and the choice aren't going to get any better
in what remains of the life
left to be lived.

So what?

We will do the best we can
with what we have to work with.
"And when the heaving sea
has shaken our raft to pieces,
then we will swim!"


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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