July 10-A, 2022

Peach Collage 02 08/06/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Fort Mill, South Carolina
The world needs its human population
to be vitally alive.
For that to be true of us,
we have to be interested
in what we are doing,
and understand it to be
necessary work,
vital work,
important in a substantive way
to the welfare of ourselves
and our neighbors.

We have to be doing work 
that interests us
and is useful and helpful.

Show of hands?

My present thesis is that
the quality of our moods,
the number and seriousness of our symptoms,
the state of our health,
and the length of our life
are reflected in the degree to which
our work is interesting
and useful.

Check me out on that.
Make inquiries.
Conduct research studies.
Let me know what the evidence shows.
But only if you are interested in doing it
and think the results will be useful.


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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