January 09-B, 2023

Roan Mountain Fence 06/03/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Roan Mountain Highlands, Carver’s Gap, Tennessee
The difference between living well 
and living poorly
is easy to attain
and impossible to retain.

It is a moving, shifting, changing
balance point between
all of the extremes,
created by the fundamental absurdity
at the ground of reality:
There Is No Steady State Of Being!

"All we want is smooth and easy"
(Ogi Overman).
All we want is what we what.
All we want is to have it made...

And stay there.
And keep it.
And never lose it.
And maintain unchanging
just right,
completely/utterly/absolutely IT--
just as it is right now--

Growing up is coming to terms
with how things are
and how they are not
and never will be--
and living at the fulcrum,
the tipping place,
"the still point of the turning world"
between all of the polarities
in the world.

There is caring and not caring.
Find just the right amount of caring
in each situation as it arises,
and camp out there.

There is loving and not loving,
having and not having,
wanting and not wanting,
going and not going,
doing and not doing,
playing and not playing,
your best and your worst,
and on and on
at the center point
among all of the possibilities.

Our trouble is that we 
care too much or not enough
in each situation as it arises.

And "just right" is a floating bubble
between the poles
on the carpenter's level of life.

Find that!
Go there!
Be IT!
That's having it truly made!

When things are not right in your life,
it's an indication
that you are off-center
on one or more
of the see-saws,
of the tetter-totters,
of the tilt-a-whirls,
of life.

Move to the center
and you have it made!


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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