February 20-A, 2023

The Wasteland Oil Paint Rendered
Changing the way we respond to things
and think about things,
would improve our life 
on a lot of levels.

Thinking differently alleviates 
much of what ails us.

How would you go about thinking differently?

There is the what and the how.
We could change what we think about,
or we could change how we think about
what we think about.

I hardly ever think about chronic diseases
of India elephants,
and could research the topic 
on the internet,
interview experts,
buy an elephant
and keep it in the back yard
under close observation.

Dealing with the neighbors
would give me a lot of new things
to think about.

And finding elephant-sized 
doggie bags.

Our response pattern
sets us up for 
the life pattern
that defines/expresses
who we are.

When we change/vary 
the way we respond,
we change/vary ourselves
and create a new identity
for ourselves
just by responding differently
to the things that happen
in our life.

That would make all things new.

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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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