April 28-A, 2023

Lake Mattamuskeet Sunrise 07/20/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Mattamuskeet, North Carolina
Our response to the circumstances/situation
can interfere with/prevent 
the solution to the circumstances/situation.

Our influence is the uncertain element
in the work to balance the equation
that is every situation as it arises.

In light of Shel Silverstein's observation,
"Some kind of help is the kind of help
that help is all about,
and some kind of help is the kind of help
we all could do without,"
what kind of help do we bring to bear
upon the circumstances we encounter in a day?

How would we know?
How do we evaluate the impact
of our own influence?
What kind of shadow
do we cast on the circumstances at hand?
How do we know?

We might try walking around
watching ourselves in action,
just observing
without judgment or evaluation.
Just seeing.
Just hearing.
Just knowing.
Just reflecting.

What role do we play
in each situation throughout the day?
What are we trying to do?
How are we trying to do it?

What kind of help we bring to bear
on the situations we encounter?
How is it received?
What is the outcome?

How often are you sure what needs to be done?
How often are you unsure?

What types of situations have the best outcome
from your point of view?
What types have the worst outcomes?

Seek your own insight
as an interested observer.
What do you have to say in the matter?
How do you rate the value 
of your own participation 
in the situations arising through the day?

What suggestions does your inner observer
have to offer?

Keep the conversation going 
through all the days left to be lived.
And see what your nighttime dreams
have to offer over time.

See where it goes...


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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