May 25-A, 2023

Last Light 11/18/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island, South Carolina
The joy of now
just as it is
just as we are
is rarely mentioned,
rarely experienced.

We are striving to be 
somewhere else,
some way else,
some how different,
some place better.

This won't do.

The wonder of being here/now
is wasted on us.

I invite you to drop into here/now
from time to time,
and consider all the things
you don't like about it,
and all of the things
that are just fine about it.

We are always one slight
perspective shift 
away from being just fine
with things as they are.

Dissatisfaction is our own doing
most of the time.

Frame of mind is the best weapon
in our arsnel
for turning things around.
It is generally the first thing
that needs changing
about the way things are--
and the right frame of mind
is essential 
in making the other things 
that needs changing
more like they ought to be
than they are.

Which is the on-going task 
for everything/everyone--
assisting things in becoming
more like they ought to be 
than they are.

And knowing when to stop trying
to improve things
that are just fine 
exactly as they are.

A sleeping baby, for example.
Or, a puppy playing
with a red rubber ball.


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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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