February 09-B, 2023

Nets ‘N Things — Outer Banks, North Carolina
It's all practice!
Why don't we have it down?

We get up each day 
as though it is the first day--
as though we have learned nothing
through all of the other days.

We pursue the same ends
using the same means
in the same ways.

We think it is just a matter
of trying harder,
of being lucky,
of doing more
in the service of what did not work
or in any of the previous days.

Only with more drugs, sex, alcohol,
thrown in
"just for good measure."

Any reasonable, 
fairly intelligent 12-year-old
would look at us 
and wonder why we haven't awakened,
seen what's what
and what we are doing in response,
turned the light around,
changed our mind about what's important
and grown up
by now.

It's a reasonable,
fairly intelligent
thing to wonder.


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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