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Staying in HERE, NOW

Posted 04-25-2012 at 06:41 AM by LookinForMayberry

My weekly newsletter from Shamabhala's Pema Chodron reminds me that "we continually run away from the present moment, how we avoid being here just as we are. Thatís not considered to be a problem. The point is to see it."

Aging, growing fatter (it seems) by the day, locked in with failing health, out of work -- hmmm, why would I not want to remain HERE?

Then I recall all that is right in my world, and how so many others have it so worse.

Like our friend in Tucson in his mid-80s, trapped in a mobile home with his schizophrenic daughter and ex-wife and broken air-conditioning. I don't have to think long and hard to see how I've got it much better than that poor guy. With little cash, he's spent every dime he ever made attempting to provide a safe place for a daughter that lost her mind nearly twenty years ago and refuses all attempts at treatments. Then, two years ago his ex- who once abandoned them both arrives on his doorstep, broke, with no place else to go.

His A/C blew out two days ago, in the midst of a day that hit 101 degrees F, and had no forecast of cooling, soon. It reads like something out of Tennessee Williams, doesn't it?

Yeah, my HERE is looking pretty good to me, suddenly!

Guess I will just take my fat, wheezing body down to the bike and pedal off some frustration. Maybe THAT will shed an ounce or two!
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