October 28-A, 2022

Three Fawns 09/11/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Bass Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Whose approval do you need?
Whose favor are you trying to earn?
Why not live out of your own authority
and let that be enough?

These three fawns
will find their way
by listening to their own instincts
and natural inclinations
and hanging out with other deer.

They have all they need.

We have all we need.

The people promising us happiness
and joy unending
are the serpent whispering to Eve,
stirring up the idea of better
in a world where everything
was just fine as it was.

Better is always only a step or two away.
Good enough is a fawn in the woods,
with good company
and plenty to eat.

Being happy with that
is as happy as they need to be.


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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