August 02-B, 2022

Bamboo 01 Oil Paint Rendered
This is the way things are,
and this is what we can do about it,
and that's that--
and THAT'S the way things are.

This is the agreement we make with life
upon conception.

Some of us don't seem to understand
the terms,
and mope about sighing,
"But The Suffering! The Pain!"

Suffering and pain are clearly part
of the way things are.
And, there is clearly
very little we can do about it.
And that's that.

Our place is to say, "Oh. Okay."
And get with the program
of making the best of things,
without taking any of it personally,
and none of it with more seriousness
than it deserves,
mourning what is to be mourned,
grieving what is to be grieved,
loving what is to be loved,
enjoying what is to be enjoyed,
all along the way.

Every living thing lives under
the same terms.
Only some humans think 
they should be exempt.

There are no exemptions.
We all have to pick ourselves up
and get in the game,
doing our best 
to make the best of our circumstances,
no matter what,
in each situation as it arises,
all the way. 

That's the way things are. 


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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