January 24-A, 2023

Backyard Sunset 2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Indian Land, South Carolina
Our circumstances are an ever-present
guide through our days.
They are always calling for something.
Taking care of business
is a full time job
even when one is retired!
And, it is good practice!

The practice is paying attention
and doing what needs to be done.

The creative individual,
paying close attention to the baseline
of knowing what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
knows when it is time
for a cinnamon bun
and a cup of coffee
in addition to all of the other
tasks of the day
required by the circumstances at hand.

And naps have a wonderful way
of coming out of the blue
with their "Rest when tired"
ultimatum to trump (That word again)
every other matter crying,
"Me Next! Me Next! It's My Turn Now!"

Handing ourselves over to our circumstances,
and giving them the reins
is a great way of practicing the practice
of doing what needs to be done,
when, where, and how it needs to be done,
with naps,
cinnamon rolls
and coffee
all taking their rightful place
amid all the other circumstances
vying  for our attention.


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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