November 15-A, 2022

Big Creek 03 09/02/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, North Carolina
Everything depends upon our 
squaring ourselves up with our 
sitz im leben,
our "setting in life,"
the context and circumstances
of our existence,
in a "Here we are, now what?"
kind of way.

This is it!
What are we going to do about it?

What is called for?
What is required?
What is being asked/demanded of us
(That we do not want to have
anything to do with)?

How well we do that--
how well we accommodate ourselves
to our place in life--
tells the tale.

There is what we want to do,
and there is what is ours to do,
and the trick 
is to do what is ours to do
as though we want to do it.

It helps to have "another life,"
an escape/oasis that we can turn to
from time to time
in which we do exactly what we want to do,
what is truly "our thing" to do,
and serves to balance out
all the things we have to do
that are "not us" at all.

Most of us have to walk
two paths at the same time
in order to be reasonably sane
and healthy
(With health understood to be
"ease of functioning")
throughout our life.

The most common/typical
escape/outlet for people worldwide
throughout the ages
have been sex/drugs/alcohol/money,
not necessarily in that order.

What do we think about
to keep ourselves from thinking about
the things we most do not want to think about?
The closer that comes
to truly being an extension/reflection
of our essential nature
and our innate virtues/character,
the more whole and healthy we will be.

The less we live to truly serve ourselves,
by doing what expresses/exhibits
what is deepest/truest/best about us,
the more depressed and lifeless we will become
to the point of being an empty body
going through the motions of life
with nothing alive about us.

We save ourselves by doing things
that are meaningful to us
with all our heart/mind/soul/spirit,
as often as possible,
wherever we can,
all our life long.

"It's never too late to start all over."
"Anything can happen if we let it."
"Our future is up to us."
Mary Poppins-esque, 
Chinese Fortune Cookie Psychology,
comes to our rescue time and time again.

If we let it.


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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