September 08-A, 2022

Peggy’s Cove Cypress 02 05/03/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Marion, Santee, South Carolina
The Blue Heron stalks food every day.
As does every living thing.
How long could you make it
without resupplying your pantry?
It is less than a week for us,
and that is much higher than
the Third World average,
and it is a daily chore
for the rest of the world.

Life lives close to the edge.
"The wolf," as they say,
"is never far from the door."

Most of us live immune 
to the full impact of that reality.
Burgers and pizza are within easy reach
of a large segment First Word populations.
Yet, the reality is that can disappear
like that (Snaps fingers).

We live closer to the edge
than we let ourselves think.

We need a mentality that stabilizes us
on the edge.

And a confidence in our ability to live
in any situation that arises
connected to our original nature
and the innate virtues that 
are ours to rely on
as "a very present help in time of trouble."

Dealing with meager resources 
is one of the things we do best.
Remember the Serengeti?
The birth place of the species?
We come from there!
Our ancestors figured it out there!
We can figure it out here!
Not on our terms, to be sure,
but on terms we are capable of adapting to
and working with 
in doing what needs to be done
wherever, whenever, however we are.

It's what we do,
and have done
throughout our time on the earth!


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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