January 01-A, 2023

Grandfather Mountain 02 12/11/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
There are no reasons 
for things being the way they are.
"The interplay of circumstances"
is the best we can do.
Change anything
and we change everything.
It is all so intricately balanced,
like a house of cards,
with nothing having to be the way it is
and everything being the result 
of a series of pinball redirections
bringing this into play,
on the way to what is being set-up
for the next moment,
and we provide the intellectual
framework which puts it all 
into some perspective
that fits it into a time frame
in a sequential way
so that it appears to make sense,
but it makes no sense whatsoever
from another,
equally plausible,

It is all in how we look at it.
The Buddhists say "Life is suffering!"
The Taoists say, "Life is a party!
Yin is dancing with Yang!
And we all can sing and dance along!"

If we sit with it,
we realize that we can take anything
life gives us
and work it into a story
that blends everything together
in ways that are wonderful just as they are.

That is what we do!
We make up stories
with the stuff we are handed,
and it becomes intelligible,
even heroic.

Humanity does that!
Humans do that!

We put a spin on things 
that makes them bearable,
even fun,
even delightful.

We are magicians.

It is good to be with you all!


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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