April 12-A, 2023

The Perching Tree Oil Paint Rendered — Alligator Farm Rookery, St. Augustine, Florida
If it isn't yours to do,
don't do it.

Knowing what is yours to do 
and what isn't
is a function of awareness,
and experience.

We have to live long enough
to know some things,
like where we belong
and where we have no business being.

Like what's what
and what needs to be done about it,
and how.

We reduce our vulnerability
by limiting our exposure.

Old hermits get by fine
by staying home
and out of the way.

It takes time
to know what it is time for,
and not time for.

Time spent with our eyes open
is time well-spent.

It takes a lot of looking
to be able to see.

Inflation and deflation/depression
can interfere with our judgment 
and encourage responses
inappropriate to the situation.

Reading our own inner state of being
is essential to knowing 
what needs to be done,
and how.

And when to step in,
and when to step out.


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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