November 02-B, 2022

Before the Rapids 09/24/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — New River Gorge National Park, Fayetteville, West Virginia
I hate every mistake,
wrong turn,
bad choice,
I have ever made,
and there be many,
each one of them
factored into who I am.

Where would I be--
who would I have become--
without them?

I am my adjustments/corrections/reversals/alterations.
And you are yours.
The way we have responded
to the errors of our ways
has produced all that we are.

No one knows what all to avoid
without the trials and errors.

We need to be prouder
of our limps and scars,
and the price we have paid
to be here/now.

And kinder to ourselves
for not knowing more

It is all a part of the way!
Live on!
Live on!


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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