August 06-B, 2022

Lake Crandal 02 11/19/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
If I could do one thing for you,
I would increase your pain threshold. 

Our tolerance for the pain of life
is the single most important thing
about us.

Increasing that gives us more latitude, 
working room
in dealing with the day's deliveries.

The way we take what comes
determines the response we make
to our life,
and sets the tone for our manner,
and good humor
that exhibits who we are
to the world.

If we can handle the pain of life,
its disappointments,
and turns for the worse,
we can help other people
handle theirs,
and be in their lives,
and in the life of the world,
"the kind of help
that help is all about"
(Shel Silverstein).
And that will make all the difference.

If I could do two things for you
the second would be increasing 
your level of mindful awareness
with which you walk through each day.

The two things are the same thing.

If you haven't watched all of the
Jon Kabat-Zinn YouTube videos
on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
the shortest ones first--
Why not?


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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