February 15-A, 2023

Doves on a Limb 09/11/2016 Oil Paint Rendered
We live out our lives,
maintaining our relationships,
and rising to meet the occasion
as best we can,
doing what needs to be done,
when, where and how it needs to be done,
enjoying what is to be enjoyed,
grieving what must be grieved,
"sunrise, sunset,"
day by day,
and letting that be that.

Few can improve on this for a life plan.
Get up and meet the day
with as much kindness, 
and generosity as we can muster.

Aligned with the flow
until circumstances call for
swimming against the flow,
and then do that.

We are designed to come up
with the right response 
to what is happening here/now.
We can trust ourselves to that,
living out of the center,
true to our original nature
and our innate virtues 
(the things we do best).

Nothing can happen 
that emptiness, stillness and silence
can't find a way of dealing with.

It is the way of being human
through all times and places
for as long as life shall last.

And then we transition to the light,
back where it all started,
and start up again.

To the journey!
Always and forever!
May it be so!


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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