July 31-B, 2022

The Fisherman 10/25/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
There is only one measure of success.
It is how you answer the question,
"How alive are you?"

The quality and degree of your life
is the only thing that matters.

Money matters least of all.
The question here is,
"What are you doing with your money?"

In order to improve
the quality and degree
of your life,
the most important question 
to get right is,
"Where do you draw the line?"

Or, "How does what you do
and refuse to do,
impact the quality and degree of your life?"

Living well is all about
what we do and refuse to do.

Look at the Buddha.
Look at Jesus.
Look at Lao Tzu.
Look at Dolly Parton.
Look at Betty White.
Look at Helen Wolfe.
Look at what they did
and refused to do.

What are you doing and refusing to do?

If you are going to raise 
the quality and degree of your life,
look at where you are drawing the line.
Changes there make for changes everywhere.
Changing the way we are living
enhances the quality and degree of our life.

It is the only thing that does.


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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