March 25-B, 2023

Angel Oak Oil Paint Rendered 11/04/2015 — Angel Oak Park, Johns Island, South Carolina
A) This is the way things are,
B) and this is what we can do about it,
C) and that's that.
D) And THAT'S the way things are!

The A-B-C-D's of life/living/being alive.

Coming to terms with them,
making our peace with them,
being okay, alright, fine with them
is the work of being alive.

Why do we fight it so?
Hate it so?
Resent it so?
Deny it so?

Denial is our most popular response.
Drugs/Sex/Alcohol/Religion, you know.
Compensation for being stuck in a life
we can't bear to live.

We take our mind off our plight
anyway we can.
Thinking about heaven
and how it will be one day
by and by.

Or just not thinking about it at all,
with the other three options
offering distraction and diversion
all along life's way.

Through it all,
the reality remains.

I recommend embracing the reality.
Dancing with the reality.
Doing what we can with the reality.
And letting that be that.

Doing what we can with the reality
includes not taking it seriously.
And doing what needs to be done
within the givens of our life
every day
in a "So What? Who Cares? 
Anyway! Nevertheless! Even So!"
kind of way.

If soldiers on the battle front
can face what awaits them
in that way,
the rest of us can apply it
wherever/whenever/however we are
as well.

What is our life asking of us?
Do it! Smiling, laughing,
dancin' in the rain all the way!

Live each day like it needs to be lived!
Like it needs us to live it!
Like only we can live it!
Even So!

Every Day!

In spite of the fact
that we need better choices!

These are the choices we have!
Drawing from our original nature,
our innate virtues/specialties
the silence/emptiness/stillness
and choose what needs to be chosen
doing what/when/where/how
it needs to be done!

Every Day!


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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