August 24-B, 2022

Badwater Basin Sunset 03/29/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Death Valley National Park, California
All transitions have something in common
with the butterfly's exit from the chrysalis,
which, you will remember,
but a step in the process of its transition
from caterpillar to butterfly.
And is thoroughly amazing--
and not much different from our transitions
through all of the stages of our own development
all along the way.

And it is crucial that we participate in that process
as willing partners in the work of 
being/becoming who we are
and doing what is ours to do.

The process and all of its transformations
are built into our DNA
and into "the way of life in the world,"
which has been called "The Tao of life and being."

We only need to relax ourselves into it
and cooperate with it
from stage to stage,
transition to transition,
trusting it to know what it is doing
as a continuing and wonder-filled source
of blessings and grace all along the way.

We can willingly participate in the process,
or we can buck and snort,
resist, moan and wail throughout it.
Our response to our life
and the experience of being alive
makes all the difference.

Our attitude changes things--
for better and for worse.
It is a superpower
bestowed upon us all at birth.
What we do with it is up to us.


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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