October 03-A, 2022

Dome Sunset 11/08/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Clingman’s Dome Parking Lot, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina
We make things worse than they need to be
by enlarging them beyond the absurd
into the realm of things Hollywood 
hasn't come up with.

We scare ourselves sick
with our endless "What if that then?" 

I recommend that we stop it.
And tell ourselves instead,
"We will deal with whatever comes up."

Instead of feeding our fear,
allow our fear to evoke our courage.

We will never talk ourselves out of fear.
Fear has an answer for anything.
Only courage works with fear.
"I don't care what you say,
I'm going to deal with whatever comes up."

And you will.
You always have.
So have I.
It's what we do best.
Dealing with whatever comes up.

We have all the courage we need
to get us where we need to be.
Trust that it is so.
Allow it to be so.
Act as though it is so,
and it will be so.
So, there.
Do that.
Always 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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