April, 2023

Mossy Cascade Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Listening for what needs to be done
includes listening for what needs us to do,
and for what needs us to do it.

We have a life to bring forth!
We have an original nature
and innate virtues/specialties
we have to honor/express/exhibit/deepen/expand!

We are not here just while away the hours,
casting about for something to entertain us
and help us pass the time.

We are not here to pass the time!
We are here to do the work 
of doing what needs to be done
with our skills/interests/knacks/abilities...!!!

If the time calls for taking a nap,
then take a nap--
like you mean it!

We have to tune into the times,
know what they are asking of us,
and comply with the best we can do!

We have to tune into ourselves
and know what is ours to do
and what is ours to not do,
and not waste our time
on pursuits that we
are not capable of managing.

There are no Renaissance women and men.
We all have our specialties
and our incompetencies.
We do best with things 
that fall in the center 
of the bell-shaped curve.

Even there, there is plenty
we qualify for.
Find that!
Do it!
When/where/how it needs to be done!

In each situation as it arises!

And eating pizza is always in the mix!


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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