November 23-B, 2022

The Lump Overlook 01 08/12/2018 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Purlear, North Carolina
I don't know you as well as I would like,
I know this much about you:
You HATE changing your mind
about what is important!

Everybody does.

That is the only thing standing 
between us and absolute bliss.

Nothing matters in states of bliss.
Everything is wonderful just as it is.

When we begin to have opinions
it begins to go all to hell.

Throw in expectations,
and demands--
and stir that up
so that everybody's
are different from everybody else's,
and you have the world as it is.

The world as it is
is the world as it 
has always been 
for all of us alive
at any point,
and that makes it 
the only world we have ever known.

Now, ask us to change our mind about it,
and you are going to quickly be
"crucified, dead and buried,"
or the local equivalent,
no questions asked.

We will NOT change our mind
about what is important--
"Not no way, not no how."

And if you can't deal with that,
we will burn you at the stake
AND feed you to the lions.

That's the way it has always been,
and always will be.

If you don't like that,
your best chance of living out your life
is to be quiet about it
and let it be,
or move into the far-off hinterlands
and start your own commune
where everyone agrees about what is important
and enjoys the rapture 
of everyone's company--
until someone has a different idea.

Then, there is a falling out
as everyone goes to war.


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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