April 04-A, 2023

A Tree in Spring, Oil Paint Rendered
Our circumstances call us forth
in response to what is being asked for there.

Our relationship to our circumstances
ranks in degree of importance
equal to our relationship with ourselves
and to our relationships with other people.

We would do well to do an internal evaluation
of our relationships with these three aspects
of our life
in a recurring and regular way.

What is the quality of those relationships?
How much effort do we extend
exerting and maintaining control over them?

What are we conscious of trying to achieve
in each of them?

What are we trying to achieve in our life?
How do we know how we are doing?

I do a balance and harmony check
several times a day,
and keep an eye on my emotional fluctuation
throughout the day,
examining the cause, the degree, 
the nature and the history
of the emotion I'm experiencing,
and what that has to say about
my stake in the situation at hand--
and how that serves as a mirror
reflecting me to me and enabling me
to make adjustments and alterations
in my desires and expectations,
assumptions and needs,
and what changes that implies
for the way I live
in maintaining my balance and harmony
and my ability to respond appropriately
to my circumstances.  

The things we discover about ourselves
by simply watching how we respond to 
the day, each day, leads us along the way.


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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