October 05-A, 2022

Adams Mill Pond 50 B&W 11/10/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
Everybody wants to be safe and secure
at everybody else's expense.

Vulnerability is the bane of the species.

We are vulnerable and cannot bear the idea.

The Old Testament has a line,
"We run from a bear, 
and slam the door shut behind us,
thinking we are safe at last,
and a spider bites us."

We think, "Now we have it made,"
and a heart attack nails us.

Making our peace with the way things are
is our first order of business,
in a "This is the way things are,
and this is what we can do about it,
and that is the way things are,"
kind of way.

The clearer we can be about what we fear
is a good first step toward
dealing with our fear.

The second step is to sit quietly
and consider the resources that reside within.
Our essential nature
and our innate virtues.

We have to be clear about what we are good for,
about who we are really
in the way of our nature and character.

Clarity is peace.
Is balance.
Is harmony.

A lack of clarity is fear,

We have what it takes!
We have to know that,
believe that,
trust that.

We have made it this far!
We have what it takes.

Finding our way past the Clashing Rocks
and the Crashing Waves of the Wine Dark Sea
is our specialty!

We are made for this kind of thing!
We are built of rugged stuff!
We came straight out of the Serengeti!
Out of the caves and the steppes!
We have dealt with Arctic cold
And Sahara heat!

There is nothing we have not done!
We come from good stock!
We. Have. What. It. Takes!

Be clear about what is robbing you
of your peace.
Be clear about what you have access to
in countering the destabilizing fear.

And pick yourself up,
and go about your business,
with the confidence of the species
as your heritage and your companion.

You will not be bereft or abandoned.
Your genes have seen it all before.
Trust yourself to your genes
and step boldly into your life,
day after day.
You will be amazed.


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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