August 31-B, 2022

Sunrise at Sunset Point 06/01/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
We live to find out  
what we can do
and what we have no business doing.

We live to know what our limits are.

We can't just be afraid of what they might be.

And we can't be thinking we can do anything we want.

We are limited by our interests,

I thought I would be a fine saxophone player,
until I met sharps and flats,
and discovered that rhythm was important.
I sold my saxophone for what I paid for it,
and felt like I had won the lottery.

After nearly 78 years,
I have a good idea
of what I need to be doing
and what I need to leave alone.
That is one of the things
living a long time 
is good for.

We live to find out who we are,
and who we are not.
And to die being the one with all our heart,
and not being the other for anything at all.


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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