May 01, 2023 – A

Pines Panorama 08/13/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Ocean Isle, North Carolina
Circumstances are always coming along,
crashing into circumstances 
already in place,
creating new circumstances on the spot. 

Circumstances have been here from the start.
There never was a time
before circumstances.

Circumstances generate circumstances
as a perpetual motion machine,
never stopping,
always going,
spinning out more circumstances
at days end
than there were at the beginning.

Where do circumstances come from?
From circumstances!
And we will do well 
to stay out of their way,
as much as possible!

They have a life of their own,
coming and going,
like galaxies and planets,
animal species
and mountain ranges.

I could sit and watch them
for eons and ages,
looking out some window.


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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