September 12-C, 2022

Black Birch B 01/20/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Knob, Virginia
Happiness is a function of freedom.


Freedom is not freedom to do
whatever we want,
but freedom to do 
what needs to be done,
where, when, and how
it needs to be done.

Knowing and doing 
what needs to be done
is the key to happiness,
when it is done
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction
of having done it.

This gets us to
the heart of the matter:
What do we stand to gain?
What do we stand to lose?
By doing what we do--
where, when and how we do it?

And this gets us
to the heart
of the heart of the matter:

What is important?
What matters most?
For what do we live?
What is guiding our boat
on its path through the sea?

What are we trying to gain?
What are we trying to keep from losing?
What is our foundational motivation?
What are we living to serve with our life?

Our fealty,
liege loyalty,
filial devotion,
are to what?

Be right about what that is--
and be right about it being worthy of us--
and we have it made.
The freedom to do that,
when, where and how it needs to be done,
is the source of happiness everlasting.


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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