September 19-A, 2022

Shem Creek 01 12/06/2017 Oil Paint Rendered — Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Finding your life and living it
means knowing what constitutes life for you,
and what takes the life right out of you--
and doing more of the things on the first list,
and fewer of the things on the second list.

Since my wife and I retired,
we don't do much at all on the second one,
and relish the time spent with things on the first.

Reading, writing, photography,
emptiness, stillness and silence,
integrity, sincerity, spontaneity,
conversation (Zooming) with friends and family,
yard work, napping, grocery shopping
and eating with our children fill our days.

And we like it that way.

Liking it is a good indication
that your life is alive for you.
The more you do things that you love,
the better.


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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