July 06, 2022


Goodale State Park 06 11/01/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Adams Mill Pond, Camden, South Carolina
Ah, put me back there 
and let me paddle around,
looking for compositions,
relishing the moment,
dancing with my soul,
in love with the world...

Ah, but. Time moves on
to other moments,
some just like this one
only different,
few better,
some much worse,
and we move with time 
through them all.

Letting come what's coming,
and letting go what's going.

The rhythm of life,
of the tides,
of day and night,
spring, summer, fall and winter,

What are we making of it?
Doing with it?
Becoming through it?
Who are we becoming?
How are we changing with the times?
Who are we being asked to be?

We have an original nature
and a valuable collection of innate virtues
that we are responsible for shepherding,
nurturing, serving,
and bringing forth in our life.

This is our primary purpose--
to be who we are.

How is that going?

Our life falls into place around
our coming out!
Around our coming forth!

We have the time left for living
to do what we came to do.
Don't know how to go about it?
There is nothing to it,
just remember who you are,
what you love to do,
what your specialties are,
what people look for from you,
what object or animal 
would you put in your place
to stand-in for you?

Start with these questions
and see where they lead.

You are here to be you,
doing your thing.
And you are burning daylight!
It's time to get with the program!
And allow you to lead the way to YOU!  


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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