January 18-A, 2023

Roan Mountain Rhododendrons 02 05/30/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Roan Mountain Highlands, Carver’s Gap, Tennessee
What's your specialty?
The things you do best
and enjoy most. 

My specialty is looking out windows.
And articulating what's what.
I earned a living 
with the articulating part,
but that doesn't happen
without the windows part,
so, there is a sense
in which I earned a living with that, too.

Puts me in a special category of lucky.

It all hangs by luck. 
Luck is another term for grace.
Where would we be without grace/luck?
Wouldn't get out of the delivery room,
most of us.
A lot of us, anyway.

We don't spend enough time
being aware of that--
of how lucky we are,
and have been,
just to be here, now.

Too many of us make too much
over not having
and not being better off,
and not knowing how to arrange it.
The first thing we need to know
about arranging it
is to not try to arrange it--
just look for what needs to be done,
here/now,
and do it.
That's all there is to it.

One thing leads to another,
and before you know it,
we are better off,
through no scheme of our own.

Schemes always seem to have 
some fatal flaw about them.
We can get around that by not scheming.
Just living with genuine,
authentic,
sincerity and integrity,
and doing what needs to be done
works magic somehow,
and doors open that would not open
for anyone else,
and we have something else
to be thankful for.

Genuine authenticity pays off
for those who aren't in it to be paid off,
who are just genuinely authentic,
and fine with whatever they have.
How many people do you know like that
these days?

If you are one of them,
you know at least one.

Make genuine authenticity your specialty
and you'll be just fine,
whether you get a different kind of pay off
or not.

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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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