February 03-B, 2023

Wood Duck and April Woods 04/10/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
We think thinking is the living end.
That all it takes is explaining things
in ways they can be understood.
With enough of the right kind
of information
we all come together in complete agreement,
seeing the same things
in the same way,
achieving peace and harmony at last.

and The Grand Final Theory
are all we need
for everyone to be in tune,
in step
and on the way.

Let me explain.

We see things differently.
We think different things 
are important.
We like different things.
We are on different wavelengths
with different points of view
and different values,
and different tastes,
and different interests,
and are at odds with ourselves even
over what matters most
and what that means for us
at any point in our life
and we are never going to be in agreement--
within or without--
about much of anything at all.

So, forget agreement,
and dedicate yourself to the work
of "just getting along,"
as best we can.


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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