July 11-C, 2022

Blown Away 06/12/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Lancaster County, South Carolina
All growth is growing up,
is maturation,
is changing the way we see things,
is transforming what is important,
is expanding, enlarging, 
the scope of our vision
and our comprehension
of the inner-relatedness of things.

Grown-up human beings are identical twins.
Or close enough.
They are able to "get along"
despite their differences.
Can see things from the others' point of view.
Can read the situation,
the relationship,
the unspoken/unspeakable truth
about the nature of things as a whole,
and come to a quite different outcome
that immature individuals could ever manage.

Growing up is the solution 
of all of our problems today,
every day.

And growing up is beyond our control.
We grow up against our will.
We grow up in spite of ourselves.
We grow up despite ourselves.

Maturation is a mystery.
It is magic.
It is evidence of more-than-meets-the-eye
in action.


Having kindness,
and compassion
as part of our original nature
and innate virtues
helps the process
and increases our chances


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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