September 29-A, 2022

Rhododendron 06/26/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Dugger’s Creek, Linville Falls Visitor Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
When "the world is too much with us
late and soon" (William Wordsworth),
we have to recognize it 
and step back.

And when we cannot step back,
we have to recognize that,
and let it be,
because it is,
and live with as it is,
in a "This cannot be helped,
so let's do what we can"
kind of way.

Doing what we can
with a world that "is too much with us,"
is hero's work,
worthy of song and fable,
and the fact that no one notices
or cares
adds to the value of the work
done "Without hope,
without witness,
without reward"
(Steven Moffat, Dr. Who).

This is the legacy of all 
who know what's what
and do what can be done about it.

It is the Sisyphean Task,
doing the tedious, 
boring work
that holds the world together
and must be done,
when and where and how it needs to be done.

And if the world is too much with us,
we still have the stone
waiting for us at the bottom of the hill,
to see what we are made of.

To show us what we are made of.


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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