February 27-B, 2023

Log Walk to Sandy Stream Pond 09/26/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Baxter State Park, Millinocket, Maine
I'm glad I've been there
(Three times, I think, maybe four),
I'll never be back,
and that is fine.
It is called "Squaring yourself up
with the way things are."

I did not have me,
or anyone like me,
for a father,
and even so,
I've made it this far,
and that is fine.

If I could talk to me
as I was then,
I would tell myself,
"Don't think,
FEEL! (Not emotionally,
but, Yes, No, and Uh-oh).

"Distance yourself from
fear and desire.
Walk away from what you desire,
walk into what you fear.
The rest you can figure out
on your own."

I wish I had had someone
like me 
to talk with all the way
from start to finish.

That would have made all the difference--
and it has made all the difference
since I started talking to me,
and inviting you to listen in,
and that was early-on
in adulthood.

Could have used it in adolescence.

The right person to talk to 
in adolescence would have been 
really fine.


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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