August 16-A, 2022

Stella D’Oro 02 Oil Paint Rendered
It is hard to beat the right kind of company
for maintaining our balance and harmony,
keeping our feet under us,
oriented in the right direction,
with fealty, devotion and loyalty
to the right things,
and a healthy sense of humor
to lead us along the way.

And the right kind of company is 
ideal at 3 to 5 people.

It is easy to be lost in a "community" setting,
where too many people are not saying anything,
and too few people are listening to anything.

A small group can listen everyone to the point
of hearing what they are saying to everyone else.
It all flows from our hearing what we are saying.

That is what psychotherapy does for us. We talk 
until we hear what we are saying.

We need a group where we can do that for one another.

And, too, the right kind of company
raises the right kind of questions.
It isn't a chat room,
but a place for exploration, reflection,
realization, awareness.

It is a mirror where everyone can see themselves
and everyone else as they are, just so,
as "one thus come."

And that is the second most important thing.

What we do about it is the most important thing.


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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