February 20-B, 2023

Sunrise at Thunder Hill Overlook 01/11/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Our life is changing as we watch.

Hold it close,
let it go.

Getting from our life
all it has to offer
in between.

Where have we held back 
from our life?
Refused to go where it 
was taking us?
Not looking at
what it had to show us?
Trying to give us
what we would not have?

Where are we being obstinate?
Refusing to go?
Not looking?
Not having?

We are to look at this life
as the only on we are going to have,
as though it is unique to us,
and we to it.

This is our chance to see
what is to be seen,
to do what is to be done,
to experience what is to be experienced,
to know what there is to know,
to take what it has to offer,
drawing lines where they need
to be drawn,
and being who we are
as opposed to who 
we have no business being.

Who is that?
Have we lived well-enough to know?
We have the time left for living
to be sure.
Why hold anything back?


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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