March 14-A, 2023

Big Creek 04-14-2002 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
Waterville, North Carolina
We are not free to be anybody, 
to do anything.
We are bound to our genetic make-up,
to our nature
and our traits--our virtues,
our specialties,
our knacks and proclivities--
our particular ways of seeing/doing/being.

That simplifies things for us.
We can stop thinking we should be 
more like someone else than we are,
and start thinking about who we are
and how to be more like that
in the time left for living.

I am more like a hermit
(Carl Jung said that a hermit
is a primitive person
who trusts their unconscious)
than like a "hale fellow well-met."

More inward than outward,
and am not attracted to crowds
and noise.
The silence of woods and streams
comforts my soul. 

So find your pace and your rhythm,
your direction and you way,
and enjoy being who you are,
when you are,
where you are,
how you are,
all the days of your life!


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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