The 22-Acre Woods Project 04

  1. 01/29/2019  —  A Walk in the Woods 2018-12 01 Panorama — The 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina, December 31, 2018

    Every living thing
    does its thing
    as well as it can
    within the time and place,
    terms and conditions,
    nature and circumstances
    of its life,
    as long as it lives,
    until it dies.

    That is the deal.

    It is our contract with life.

    We all live
    to see what we can do–
    even now,
    even yet,
    even so–
    in the time left for living.

    as far as human beings
    are concerned–
    our ability to do that,
    and to keep on doing it,
    depends entirely
    how we understand
    the “we” to be
    who does its thing
    in the time left for living.

    Who is the “we”
    who lives to see
    who the “we”
    can be–
    even now,
    even yet,
    even so?

    Our philosophy,
    of the “we”
    determines exclusively
    how well we do
    what we do
    in the time left for living.

    Who is the “we”
    who can make meaning
    of anything–
    even life in the face of death?

    That is the “we”
    we need to be clear about,
    and get to know.

    Because there is no one
    here but “us,”
    and what “we” do–
    and do not–
    makes all the difference.

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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