November 17-B, 2022

Ferry at Day’s End 10/30/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Silver Lake, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
I'm looking to see what happens,
and what I do about it,
and what I can find to do 
that either needs to be done
or is meaningful.

In this, I feel like I am 
pretty much within the normal 
distribution curve
of human beings on the planet
from the beginning,
and probably of all living things
as well.

Each day,
there is what happens
and what we do about it,
what needs to be done
and what is meaningful.

Settling into doing what is meaningful
has a lot to commend it.

It keeps up our interest
and our curiosity,
and holds our attention.

Is the value derived from it
worth the effort required by it?
The answer to this question
changes with time.
And we let more go with age,
smiling/laughing at the idea
of that being something 
we would even consider.

Aging is the art of letting things go.
Without regret.
Even bread and circuses 
lose their allure over time.
Particularly circuses.

And, after a while,
nearly everything is 
"just another circus,"
and watching the clouds move past,
or the waves come in,
are perfectly grand things to do.  


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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