January 24-B, 2023

Curve 12/13/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Curves are everyday occurrences 
through the outback of life,
and we keep thinking we have 
to "Be There Now!"

It's "Be HERE Now!"
We all might like to be somewhere else,
but the Here/Now is all there is,
and the perennial call 
is to do right by the time
that is at hand.

What is being asked of us here/now?
What is being called for?
What is needed?
Right here, right now?

Maybe, it is nothing more than waiting.
Going to the DMV is going to wait.
And wait.
And wait.
Emergency rooms, too,
are getting to be that way.

When waiting, we wait!

And, while we wait,
we can be aware of the pressing need
to walk two paths at the same time
in most of the moments
that come our way.

Sometimes, we have to live
in two worlds at the same time.

Family reunions,
weddings
and funerals
are like that for me.
The traditions require my presence,
and I'd rather be not there at all.

So, we adjust ourselves to our role,
and do what it requires of us,
as though we are playing the part
in a movie,
and give the best performance of our life,
while looking forward to a quiet
cup of coffee and a nice piece of pie
(Or whatever your preferred substitutes
might be)
on the way to whatever is after that. 

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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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