May 26-A, 2023

Far Away 05/06/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Barred Owl at the Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
An immediate side-effect   
of mastering the art
of Caring/Not-Caring
is the ability to be at peace 
with whatever comes up
in a "So What? Who Cares?
Why Would Anybody Expect
Anything To Be Different
From This?" kind of way.

And, that enables us to
laugh at everything that happens
with, "Of course!
This is the way things are
in a cosmos where nothing is assured
and anything can happen at any time!"

We are all just lucky to be here
as we are every day!
We are upheld and sustained
by the grace of existence
all of the time!

Russia can invade Ukraine,
fascists can take over 
the Supreme Court,
and the White House
and destroy democracy over night,
and it all can go quite to hell
in our lifetime.

And if/when it does,
our relationship to it
will not change one bit.

We still will have to get up,
face the day and what happens in it,
seeing what is called for
and doing what needs to be done about it
with the resources we bring to the moment,
moment after moment
in each situation as it arises
all day long
every day.

Our circumstances can be altered
in 10,000 ways,
but our place remains the same
in all of them--
seeing what's what 
and doing what needs to be done 
about it
to the best of our ability
all day long
every day.

And we do that best
when we are emotionally
balanced and in harmony,
in a "So what? Who cares?
I'm doing the best I can
anyway, nevertheless, even so,
no matter what,
through all the cirumstances
that may arise!" kind of way
all the time.

We are here/now.
Why not live as a blessing
and a grace
upon everything and everyone
who comes our way?

How can anyone do better than that
in the best of circumstances?
Why would anyone do other than that
in the worst of circumstances?


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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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