October 04-A, 2022

Lake Andrew Jackson Mirror Oil Paint Rendered — Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster County, South Carolina
Everything turns on how we perceive our life.

No one teaches us about perception.
About interpretation.
About hermeneutics.
About ascribing meaning.
About seeing.
About understanding what we look at...

We stumble into some mode
of explaining to ourselves
what's happening,
making things up to suit ourselves,
call that knowing how things are,
and responding to it
in ways commensurate with our explanation. 

Is there any wonder that the world 
is insane?

We are all doing the only thing we know to do--
thinking things are what we say they are
and doing what we say needs to be done about them.
And, here we are.

Nobody wants to be here,
but, everybody is here.
Because everything turns
on how we perceive our life.


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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