February 08-B, 2023

Goldenrod Oil Paint Rendered
Living out of our own center,
like a gyroscope maintaining its balance
through all situations
and circumstances,
stable and unperturbed 
regardless of the conditions
within which we must live,
is out of the question
for most of us
all of the time.

We have to have things our way.

Yet, we all are capable 
of acquiescence and accommodation. 
Flexibility and adaptability. 

The people of Ukraine 
are surviving
the complete loss of everything.

The earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
are asking the same resiliency
of their populations.

We find the center,
the adamantine rock grounding
and anchoring us,
and do what needs to be done.

We rise to the occasion,
occasion after occasion.

We have done it throughout the history
of the species.

So don't come whining to me
about your way, your way.
Stand up and meet the day!


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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