August 11-B, 2022

Lake Crandal 11/19/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Here is a quote from my book,
"A Handbook for the Spiritual Journey,"
on WordPress:

"We can begin anywhere, any time, 
with anything 
because everything 
is equidistant 
from what is important, 
and everything will lead us there 
if we live with our eyes open."

Our eyes aren't open
if we cannot change our mind
about the meaning--
about the importance of--
of what we see.

All it takes is the freedom
to change our mind
about what is important.

There is a lot of talk about
"freedom of the will,"
or "free will."
Well.

Can we will our mind to change
about what is important?

How free is a will 
that is a slave to the way we see things?

Who wills their way of thinking about things?
Who can change their way of thinking/
seeing/assessing the validity
of how things are?

So much for "freedom of the will."
We are chained to our beliefs,
convictions
and opinions.
We have no choice in the matter.

And the only thing standing 
between us and peace and happiness
everlasting
is our inability to change our mind
about how things are
and what matters most.

If you want to do the one thing
that would instantly improve 
your quality of life,
change your mind about what is important.

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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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