The Opportunity To Be Of Service

A "gratitude" list would exhaust me.  That I woke up today.  That my mind is toxin-free.  That I do not feel better than or worse than others.  That I am able to put my gifts, such as they are, to good use in the service of others, especially those in need.  That I am able to accept life on its own terms and embrace rainy days as enthusiastically as sunny ones.  Fabulous friends who enjoy me as me.  That I am indifferent to the opinions of others.  That, despite my incredibly modest "lifestyle" - (which includes Buddhist monks dropping by with care packages) - I do not want for any of life's requisites.  Music.  Humor.  Cheese.  That I got to explore the Khyber Pass before it was dragged into the 21st century by political morons.  That I got to see Sun Ra perform.  You.  And you too.
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
1 Response Jun 22, 2007

Great question! As a matter of fact, they were. Like you, I assumed that the lifestyle of Buddhist monks has remained unchanged over the centuries. Wrong! As it turns out, today's well-dressed monk never leaves the temple without a cell phone, laptop, pda, or Blackberry (although they call them Lotus Berry). So I just email in a request and - hey - they're chanting at my door. The food is simple, but I can't complain.