August 27-A, 2022

Middle Cascade 01 09/07/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, North Carolina
We make our way through the world,
generally following 
"the course of least resistance,"
like water on its journey to the sea.

In similar situations,
we do similar things--
things that have worked before,
and we assume will work again--
and over time we create patterns,
or ruts,
and fall into habits 
of mindlessly repeating what has 
gone on before,
thinking that is how things ought to be,
too preoccupied with other matters
to give what we are doing much thought,
or even stopping to see what we are looking at,
and call that a life,
and call that being alive,
when it is being mostly dead.

Who are we?
What are we about?
What is ours to do?

Do we just make up something here?
Are we free to fill in those three blanks
with anything we feel like saying 
at the moment?

Are we clearly one set of things
and not other sets of things?

Are we about certain specific
behaviors and actions
and not about others?

Are we obligated to do
what we are uniquely suited to do,
or free to think we can be an opera singer
if we want to be?

What are our responsibilities to ourselves?
To each other?
To all others?

Do we have a way to follow specific to us?
Are we free to live any way at all?

Is one way of life as good as another?

Does it matter how we live?
Does it matter what we do with our life?

To whom does it matter?
Whose business is it how we live?
What we do with our life?

Is it our business?

Do we have any business
living any way we want to?

Or, is our business seeking the life
that is ours to live, 
and living it to the best of our ability
with the gifts that are ours to serve and to share?

And if that is our business,
how do we go about doing it?


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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