May 04-B, 2023

Big Creek 11/07/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, North Carolina
The worst thing that ever happens to us
can also be among the best things that ever happens to us.

Our worst experiences 
can be our best experiences.

Bad can also be good.
Good can also be bad.

Things are not one way only.

We have to expand our mind
to take into account
the allness of everything,
to be done with the straight and narrow
and to understand the place
of crooked, contrary and contradictory
in the way life is.

We over-think everything,
and have to learn to dance
without thinking anything ever at all.

Dancing is all grace and forgiveness,
laughter and magic.
Things thinking knows nothing about,
with its straight lines
and narrow margins for error.

We do not think our way into heaven.
We live our way there
by dancing with what life brings us,
eschewing expectations, regimentation
and regulation
by allowing things to be what they are
and seeing what they have to show us
about generosity, kindness, mercy
and peace.

It comes down to allowing things 
to be how they are
and letting them show us
how they also are.

Polarities are not so different
after all.


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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