April 19-A, 2023

Smoky Moon 05/19/2005 Clingman’s Dome (Parking Lot) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina
Everything is coincidental/accidental,
and, "The more we practice,
the luckier we get,"
but expectations and plans
still get in the way
because things do not often go
the way we expect and plan.

Each day we step into circumstances
that are the result of prior circumstances
and culminate in consequential circumstances
which generate additional circumstances,
and there is no end to it,
world without end.

And we do what we can with it.
Make what we can of it.
With no control over any of it.
Yet, we expect things to be
what we want them to be,
and strive to have that be the case.

If we got rid of wanting/expecting
and simply cooperated with our circumstances
to see what can happen here/now
and working with that to achieve
a state of equilibrium with what is happening,
we would be doing what the whales
and lions, 
octopi and eagles
do on a daily basis,
with no opinions
and no judgments
to get in our way.

The difference between cooperating
with our circumstances
and controlling our circumstances
is quite substantial,
and we would do well to explore
the differences,
seeing how we might adjust our
goals and methods
in ways that enhance our well-being.

Wanting/expecting would take a hit,
and our motivation for living
might have to be rethought, 
but cooperation not control 
could have benefits and pleasures
worth exploring.

It is an experiment
that could become an adventure!


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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