November 24-B, 2022

Price Lake Fall Oil Paint Rendered, Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Our memories shape us,
creating a background tone
for our life
and setting us up
for a future
conditioned by our past
no matter what we do there.

Living to redeem our past
or to repeat it
are equally
bound to it,
and we cannot step away
from how we got here
to just be here,
free to do what needs to be done
apart from the influence
of all that has happened.
Or failed to happen.

Thus the importance of 
ritual cleansing,
emptying ourselves
of the emotional weight
we carry into each situation
as it arises,
and starting over,
with a fresh start
free from the dregs 
of all of our yesterdays,
and abounding with the 
enthusiasm and curiousity
of a Carolina Wren
on its first excursion
from the nest,
going at each moment 
in a "What's this? What's this? What's this?..."
kind of way.

Seeing how many times 
we can be surprised 
and pleased 
in a day.


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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