August 15-A, 2022

Sunset at Delicate Arch Oil Paint Rendered — Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
When you are fragile and fragmented
I recommend being fragile and fragmented.
That's one less thing you have to worry about.
Then do the breathe in, breathe out, count to five
(If you can time the counting with your heart beat,
so much the better!),
for five rounds five times a day.

It won't usher in peace and serenity,
but it's better than slugging whiskey straight from the bottle,
which also won't usher in peace and serenity. 

And wait it out.
Peace and serenity that is.
Wait it out.
If we don't do anything 
to keep it away,
it will settle in with us
in its own time.

every four minutes
keeps it away.


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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