May 07-A, 2023

Bass Harbor Lighthouse 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Mount Desert Island, Maine
It is only a matter
of knowing what's what
and doing what needs
to be done about it
in each situation
as it arises.

That is harder than it should be
because we keep getting in the way.

Remember Adam and Eve?

The Garden of Eden metaphor
plays out times everybody 
on the planet
and every situation that arises
for each one
every day.

We get in the way
with our preferences,

Our life gets in our way,
keeping us from being alive
to the time and place of our living.

Trying to live life as we want it to be 
prevents us from living the life
that is ours to live
in response to each situation as it arises.

We have more important things to do--
and live to impose
our list of more important things
onto every situation that comes along.

And there we are.
Nothing is more important
that what we declare to be important.

You might think that our idea 
of what is important
would have proven itself deficient
by now,
given the way things have turned out,
across the country,
around the world.

But no! We are still hot in our pursuit
after what we want NOW!
No reconsideration/reevaluation ever enters
the picture,
only working harder and harder
in the service of what isn't working.

When it is only a matter
of knowing what's what
and doing what needs
to be done about it
in each situation
as it arises.


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.

4 thoughts on “May 07-A, 2023

    1. Hi Pete, sandync28704 suggests that If you are a subscriber and get the photo associated with each blog entry but not the text, the work-a-round is to click on the date of the blog above the photograph and that should link you directly to the blog.


      1. Hi Jim:

        Thanks. That works! The text used to come through fine! Don’t know why it quit.

        Pete ________________________________


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