July 22-C, 2022

Oak Limb In Fog 04-23-2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The point of life is to be fully alive 
in the time and place of our living--
in each here/now of our living.

What interferes with that,
prevents it?
Wanting more of this
and less of that,
and something else entirely.

The here/now is rarely good enough
just as it is.
Our preferences get in the way.
If only this,
except for that...

Dismissing,
discounting,
disregarding,
ignoring,
denying,
pretending away
the moment in favor
of what we wish were so.

The only thing standing 
between us 
and things being just fine
the way they are
is growing up
and allowing things to be
just what they are,
along with embracing
the full implications
of what that means for us,
and the adjustments
and accommodations 
we will have to make
in doing what needs to be done
about the way things are
to make them more like they need to be
in light of the evolving good of the whole.

If it starts to rain,
that is just fine,
but it means we will
have to take shelter
or walk under an umbrella.
And, that too, is just fine.

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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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