February 23-A, 2023

Athabaska River Valley 09/26/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Jasper National Park, Alberta
If we feel like we are nobody,
we have to prove that we are somebody,
by pushing somebody around
who we think can't push back.

Vladimir Putin comes to mind in this regard.
A little man who becomes smaller
by trying to look larger.

There is no limit to the amount of damage
he can do compensating for his 
deficiencies in self-concept,
self-respect and self-control.

And the world pays for his emotional neediness.

And, there is Donald Trump,
dying for somebody to love him.
All the things he says about himself
are things he wishes someone else would say.
He will never live that long.

White supremacists only wish it were so.
Loaded down with weapons and vitriol
because of their insecurities and vulnerabilities,
they are certain everyone is out to get them,
and are determined to get them first.

People who belong in psych wards
are making laws and wielding power
and making the world increasingly unlivable 
on every level.

What to do?
Find/create your community
of a small (3 to 10) group of people
who are good company
and well grounded and balanced,
and help one another toward stability and peace
by serving as sounding boards
and compassionate friends to one another,
doing what you can 
to make the world as sane and as sensible
as it can be.

It may be a while
before the world 
is what we need it to be.

In the meantime, we become what we need
with those who can join us in the work.


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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