October 06-B, 2022

Adams Mill Pond 42 11/10/2014 B&W Oil Paint Rendered — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
Everything hangs by a thread
and turns on a dime.
We can't take it more seriously
than it deserves. 

Always the same questions,
in every circumstance/situation
as it arises:
Now what?
What next?

Always the same response:
Sit still,
be empty and quiet
wait for realization,
to occur,
then get up
and do what needs to be done--
and repeat as necessary
as balance and harmony return,
a pattern develops,
and a routine evolves
to suit the times.

"The times, 
they are always a-changing."

And we have to be "a-changing"
along with them.

It is the way.

And has been the way forever.

Asking, "Here we are, now what?"
"Aqui estamos, a'hora que?"
Gets to be old hat after a while,
and we step into the next thing
like we belong there.


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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