September 13-C, 2022

Pines, Palms and Palmettos, Hunting Island 01 05/01/2014, Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
We have to make it work.
We have to know what we 
are working for,
if it can be had,
and if it meshes with,
our essential/original nature,
who we are.

Is our heart in it?
Does our work say who we are?

This is always where it comes apart.

We work to eat,
but what do we eat for?
Eat to do what?
Eat to serve what?

We work to pay the bills,
but what do we pay the bills to do?
How does our work serve our heart?
What does the work that we do say about us?
Does it reveal or conceal who we are?

Our work needs to serve us 
as an extension of who we are
in the world.

Our work is our art.

And if it isn't,
it has to pay the bills
that we incur doing our art
in our time away from work.

Too often, our time away from work
is spent relieving--to the extent
that is possible--
the stress that is created
by doing the work we do.
And we aren't expressing ourselves
when we "let off steam,"
we are just "letting off steam."

And our heart is not being served,
either by our work 
or by what we do away from work.

We are back where we came in here:
We have to make it work!
By working our heart into our life.
By doing the things that bring us to life,
that are life for us.

We have to know what that is
and do it.
That is making it work.
We have to make it work!


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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