April 14-A, 2023

The Tree on the Hill Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
having to have.

anxiety ridden.

Keep us off balance,
out of harmony
over the full course
of our life.

Upon what do balance and harmony depend?
What keeps us so far from 
that state of being?

having to have.

anxiety ridden.

Where is the confidence?
The certainty
and conviction
that things are fine as they are?

That nothing can unsettle us
because we can deal successfully
with all that comes our way?

Where is the adamantine source of assurance
and self-reliance
that doesn't need anything
it does not have
to manage the circumstances,
the catastrophes
the disasters
we imagine on the way?

Look where we have been as a species!
Where we have come from!
With nothing but our own resolve
and creativity to count on
at every turn!

We are special stock!
We have the resiliency
and the will
to see what's what
whatever it may be
and do what needs to be done 
about it
in each situation as it arises
day by day!

Let that be our balance pole
on the high wire
of the day to day!

Over the chasms and ravines
of the unheard of,
the unknown!

We have met the beasts of the nights
and the terrors of the days
and here we are!
Still going!
That's what we do!

Take heart!
Fare well!
Be well!
We have what we need!
To do what is needed!
To meet the day!
Day after 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.

3 thoughts on “April 14-A, 2023

  1. We have come a long way as humans. It is interesting and inspiring that you express balance as confidence, certainty, and contentment. Brilliant.
    Inspiring and thought-provoking. Thank you. Blessings to you for sharing your wisdom.

    Liked by 1 person

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