May 04, 2023 – A

Early Light 11/04/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Down East North Carolina Cypress Pond
There is nothing 
we cannot deny.

Denial keeps us where we are. 
If it weren't for denial,
where might we be?

Denial is a superpower in a negative sense.

Recovering alcoholics know about
the power of denial--
and the power of looking denial in the eye,
facing the truth of
the legitimate pain of life,
and doing what must be done
in the way of acceptance and adaptation,
working to put ourselves in right relationship
with the truth of how things are,
and the truth of how we wish things were,
and the work it is going to take
to accommodate ourselves to the reality
of the discrepancy between what we want
and what's what--
and get up and do what needs to be done
every day.

Even so!

Every 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.

One thought on “May 04, 2023 – A

  1. I am certainly on board with denial awareness.. The golden light in the photograph is florid and evocative like the hues of a painting by Claude Lorrain.

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