May 07-B, 2023

Before Sunrise 11/04/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — The Cypress Pond, Down East North Carolina
Let come what's coming,
let go what's going,
and let that be that.

That is pretty much how turtles
and giant sequoias do it.
And moose.
And opossums.

Human beings, not so much.
We have ideas
of how things ought to be
that make it difficult
to accommodate ourselves
to how things are.

We want more than we have 
any business having.

And our way!

Who lives these days
without endlessly striving
to have their way?

Be a stream flowing along
with no idea of having its way
and always having it.
Always going where gravity
and conditions/circumstances
require going,
and always getting there.

Be a cork on the water,
a leaf in the wind.
What do corks and leaves care?

One day is as good as another
to a pig and a mongoose. 
They never even know 
what day it is!

It's like being always retired
to them.

My Way! My WAY! NOW!!!
Never occurs to them.


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.

5 thoughts on “May 07-B, 2023

  1. Only photos have been showing – no text. Sometimes, if I reply, the text will show and other times it does not. It does not show in this email on my desktop.

    Pete ________________________________


  2. Hi Pete–It’s good to talk with you. I wish we could do it over a cup of coffee from time to time. The disappearance of text has been going on for three or four weeks now. The people in charge say they are aware of the problem and working on a fix. The only work-a-round available, so far as I know, is to go to and then to the drop-down menu. Too many hoops to start the day! I trust your family is well. We added a grate granddaughter a few weeks ago, and enjoy watching the birds (And an occasional racoon) at the bird feeder. I hope there is a fix soon.


    1. Hi, Jim – I’ve solved the problem by clicking on the date above your name and photo in the email. This brings me to your original post in WordPress, which I find easier to view and can make a comment. Also, there’s a link to your previous post (on bottom left) or your next post (on bottom right). That helps maneuver more quickly through your various posts. I hope this helps other people, too.

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