September 18-A, 2022

Christmas Eve Refection Oil Paint Rendered — December 24, 2016
The things we cannot control
make us crazy,
but we can control being crazy
by refusing to allow 
things we cannot control 
to make us crazy.

Exercise control where you have control.

Controlling how we respond
to having no control
is controlling what we can control.

Finding our stability,
grounding ourselves on our essential nature,
living out of our innate virtues,
expressing our identity,
being true to ourselves,
focusing on doing what needs to be done here/now,
maintaining our harmony and balance,
being at one with the things that matter,
allowing things to be as they are
because they are,
and not having to have things 
be different than they are
brings order into play
and permits us to breathe
in sync with our pulse,
aware of the moment,
alert to what is called for,
ready to respond
to what is being asked of us,
now and forever.


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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