July 23-C, 2022

Pineville Crossing 11/25/2010 Oil Paint Rendering — Pineville, North Carolina
Everybody wants to be happy.
What does wanting know?
Without wanting,
everybody would be happy like that
(Snaps fingers).
Wanting is the source of our problems.

Suffering is a perspective.
It is the result of the way
we see things.
Sift the perspective,
and POOF! goes the problem.

The art of perspective shifting
is the solution to all of our problems.

Most of the time,
we aren't even aware 
of our perspective.
"This isn't how I see things!"
we think,
"This is how things ARE!"

It can be snowing,
but snowing isn't the problem.
It is what we think about the snowing
that makes the problem.
It is what the snowing means.
And what anything means
is what we say/think it means.

Nothing means anything as it is.
Snowing is just snowing.
It is what snow means 
that is the problem.
What it means to us.

Thinking is the source of all of our problems.
And wanting.
But then, wanting is a way of thinking.
Get rid of thinking
and we get rid of problems.

How we think is where perspective comes in.
How we think about what is happening,
or failing to happen,
IS our perspective.
To change how we see something
is to change how we think about it.
Is to change our relationship with it.

Become interested in your dominant perspective.
What is it?
Where does it come from?
Who in your life is responsible
for the way you see things,
think about things?
Who controls your thinking?
How free are you to think differently
about things than you think?
Who would be most unhappy with you
if you changed the way you think about things? 

Become curious about your perspective.
Go where that leads.
Be brave.
Be aware.
Be bold.
See what you discover along the way.


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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