August 18-C, 2022

Lower Cascades 11/12/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, North Carolina
There is what we want,
and there is what we ought to want. 
Guess what kind of chance
the-ought-to-want has with us?

Slim or fat?

The-ought-to-want tags along behind us
everywhere we go,
hoping to be heard,
never giving up,
never quitting.

Want gets all of the attention,
wields all the power,
enjoys the luxury of command and control.
Without knowing what to do with it,
with no idea of what to want,

Wanting it all NOW is the best it can do.

The-ought-to-want is always near at hand,
but like a whisper in a hurricane,
its suggestions go unheeded,
its presence, ignored.

It waits for us to put things in order
by putting wanting in its place.

Wanting cannot be allowed to direct our life,
to lead us along every way.
What else might guide our choices?

We could live to exhibit/express/incarnate/make known
our original nature
and our innate virtues.

We could seek out what needs 
what we have to offer.

We could search after the life 
that is ours to live with our particular

We could attend to where we belong
and what piques our interest,
and what makes our little feet dance
and our little heart sing...

We have choices,
but we don't want to make them.

We have to sit ourselves down
and have a talk with ourselves.
Over time.


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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