March 12-A, 2023

Mirror-Mirror 04 Oil Paint Rendered — Adams Mill Pond, Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
Clarity and insight, Kid.
Clarity and insight.

Clarity and insight are essential
in the work of finding our way
to the way.

With enough of the right kind of experience,
we can find our own way
to clarity and insight over time.

We can shorten the length of time
by taking advantage of the experience
of others.

We all need the right kind of sounding boards
in our life--
people who can listen us 
to the point of being able to hear ourselves speaking.

The best psychotherapists
are excellent sounding boards,
and can help us recognize 
our conflicts and contradictions,
and the necessity of reconciling
what can be reconciled,
and reconciling ourselves to 
walking two paths at the same time
with mutually exclusive necessities
that cannot be reconciled or abandoned.

Bearing the pain of our contraries
and living on
is sometimes as reconciled as we can be.

We learn to do that by doing it,
making concessions,
redrawing lines,
finding ways to do what needs to be done,
even so--
and pressing on,
pressing on.


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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