October 10-A, 2022

Lunar Eclipse 02/20/2008 Oil Paint Rendered
Reconciling ourselves 
to the world/life/the way things are
is our life-long work.

It is the Sisyphean Task,
and the core of the Hero's Journey.

We never complete it,
we always continue it.

Thinking, "Now we have done it at last,"
merely sets us up for
"Here it comes again!"

All the stages of life
are marked by different
ways of having to reconcile ourselves
to how things are here/now.

How many here/now's can you experience
before you encounter 
the requirement
of having to grow up some more again?

We never get used to it,
but we can look forward to it--
in a "I wonder what will be asked of me today?"
kind of way.

Whatever it is,
we channel Sisyphus again,
trudging to the bottom of the hill
to roll the rock up the next hill,
in a landscape of infinite hills--
hero's never running out of dragons to slay.

It is the way.

If you can come to terms with that,
you have it made,
embracing your lot
of endlessly proving your mettle
some more again.


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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