September 18-E, 2022

Adams Mill Pond 12 11/10/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
Heinrich Zimmer said the best things cannot be told/said/
because the best things are experiential/feeling things.

We can't talk about experiences/feelings.
We can't say what they are,
what they mean.
We say, "I love you," thinking we have said something.
Or, "I believe in God."

You get an entire congregation standing and saying together,
"I believe in God the Father Almighty..."
and none of them believe in the same God in the same way,
and all of them believe different things about the God they believe in,
and they all talk about "God" as though they are talking about 
the same God everybody else is talking about.

So Zimmer says, "The best things can't be talked about."

And we can recognize that 
and work on feeling the things that have to be felt
and thinking the things that can only be said,
and reminding ourselves to know the difference
between feeling things and thinking things.

We have to feel our way into knowing what to say/do,
for example.
We cannot think or way there,
or if we do think our way there,
we have to realize/remember that
what we think we are doing 
may not be what we are doing.

Just try working a job you thought up.
Or living in a city, or a house, you thought up.

We have to feel our way into what we do for a living,
and into what we live to do.

We all have to pay the bills,
and there is the job we do to pay the bills,
but the work that is ours to do 
is the work we pay the bills to do.

What is your job?
What is your work?
We have to feel our way into both things.
We cannot think our way into either
and feel great about being there, doing that.

Satisfaction is a feeling 
that cannot be thought into being.

And we stand a lot better chance 
of being satisfied
than we stand of being successful.
We know when we are satisfied,
but we have no idea of when we are successful.

Successful as a state of being does not exist.
We succeed in flying solo,
or in landing the airplane,
but does that make us successful over the long term?

We cannot feel successful over the long term.
We can think we are successful over the long term,
but are we kidding ourselves?
We can't be sure, thinking about it.
How would we know, thinking about it?
But who can feel successful always, forever?

There is thinking and there is feeling,
and the two are not the same.


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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