July 25-A, 2022

Sandy Stream Pond Morning 06/15/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Baxter State Park, Millinocket, Maine
The basic life strategy
is not to avoid the pitfalls.
It is to see what we are doing
and what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
and live to be
what the situation needs us to be
with sincerity
and integrity,
in the service of our original nature
and the innate virtues that come loaded
in our DNA.

And when we step into a pitfall,
to be aware of what led up to it
and what we could have done to avoid it,
and see what it has to show us
about who we are and how we are 
going about our life.

Joseph Campbell said,
"Where we stumble and fall,
that is where the treasure lies.
Start digging!"

Our life is a series of events
and experiences which require
us to change our mind about
what is important
all along the way.

We grow up against our will,
and our life is designed to 
show us where the growing places are.
If it weren't for the pitfalls,
we would be insufferable!

We learn kindness, compassion
and humility
from what our life has to teach us,
and we are better people
for learning our way through our life.


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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