August 25-B, 2022

Badwater Basin 03/21/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Death Valley, California
As far as I can see, 
everyone has taken up
the alcoholic's quest for "smooth and easy,"
(Ogi Overman's phrase),
and alcohol isn't the only path they take
in trying to find it.
They take every path,
and call it "bliss,"
or "having it made,"
or "escape from suffering..."

But it all amounts to "smooth and easy."
And, comes down to "having our way."

All of the self-help books 
come down to having our way
and getting what we want.

When has that ever resulted in bliss,
having it made,
and escape from suffering?
For how long?

There is nothing wrong with any of us
that changing our mind about what is important
wouldn't fix,
like that (Snaps fingers).

That's the one thing we cannot do
apart from the complete loss of everything.
Without hitting the wall,
getting to the absolute end of our rope,
and running out of options--
but even then there are no guarantees
that we will change our mind 
about what is important
(and be right about it this time).

Being right about what is important
and serving it with our life
is the most important thing.

Everybody thinks they are doing just that.
And a high percentage of everybody
is trying to push doing it their way
onto everybody else.

And I will leave you with that,
suggesting that you sit yourself down,
and figure it out on your own,
what is important
and what to do about it,
in each situation as it arises,
all your life long.


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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