October 30-A, 2022

Poppies 01 09/22/2009 oil Paint rendered — The Gardens at Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
We make the best of it for no reason.
Or, we make up our own reasons,
and make the best of it for that.

Making the best of it
brings forth the best in us,
and that is an excellent reason
for doing it.

For doing the best we can,
and making sure it is really
the best we can do.

Why not give our best effort
at all times?
Why hold anything back?
Why not water the lawn
as though it matters?
Why not do everything we do
as though it matters?

Whether it matters or not?

It matters to the lawn!
Why can't we let that be enough?

Water the lawn 
for the sake of the lawn,
whether anyone notices or not.

Do everything that way.
Wash the dishes that way.
Make up the bed that way.
Etc. throughout the day
every day.

Dust never takes a day off.
What does dust get out of it?

Why not be like dust?

Giving it our best shot every day,
for no reason.

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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