January 21-A, 2023

The Grounds of the Abbey Oil Paint Rendered
We have what it takes
to rise to any occasion
and do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises.

The problem is that we don't want to.
We don't want to is our only problem.

If we only wanted to do
whatever is asked of us,
we would have no problems.

What do you care about?

What living thing do you care about?

We can't BS ourselves,
so be deeply honest/truthful here.

What do you pretend to care about
that you don't actually care about?

How often does caring about
what you care about
ask/require you to do 
what you do not want to do?

If you can override yourself
in this situation,
you can override yourself
in any situation that you care about.

Now, we are down to caring about
the situations that arise in a day,
and caring about bringing your best
to bear upon those situations,
knowing that the way we live
in our situations
has the most impact for good or ill
on the conditions and circumstances
of our life.

So, in a rational/logical way,
we can see the importance of caring
about our situations to the point
of doing whatever is called for,
whether or not we want to.

Now it is only a matter of transferring 
this over to our emotional/psychological
response to what our life is asking/requiring
of us.

Do the work!
Make your life matter!
Situation by situation!


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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