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Beautiful People – And Rabbit Holes

Beautiful Alcoholism on Buddhism Beach

The Inter-World is full of beautiful people and many rabbit holes to get lost in.

Since I have made a decision to make writing my full-time job, I have needed to learn…a lot!

The best thing about that is the multitude of wonderful, helpful, spiritual, loving people I have met.

Some of them don’t even know that I’ have met them, or that I think that they are wonderful, helpful, spiritual, loving peoples.

And that’s okay.

Kindness of Others

One of the most profound teachings I have ever got was the ‘kindness of others’.

You see, I knew my Mum and sisters were kind to me (even though I might not have shown gratitude at the time).

My Dad was very kind to me if he was being mindful, and was sometimes just too busy or too drunk to be mindful. He was doing his best.

My friends vacillated between very kind and extreme self-interest in my humble opinion. I couldn’t believe she hurt my feelings!!!! (know what I mean?)

Other People are Nasty

But other people were simply disinterested in me or plain nasty. Politicians, Businesspeople, Teachers, Civil Servants…all rude and ignorant of my importance.

Lotus flower depicts alcoholism and buddhism working together
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Then Kelsang Tsalden, my teacher, introduced me to the enormous kindness of others and my life has been different ever since.

What was earth-shattering for me was the rudeness and ignorance in ME that this theory exposed.

Here I was, two and a half weeks sober and hearing as if for the first time that I was not the centre of the known Universe.

Furthermore, for my sorry arse to traverse the known Universe I relied minute by minute on the kindness of others and had been oblivious to this fact for 45 fuckin’ years!

Whoa!

Here’s How It Works

Anywho, y’all probably know the story better than Moi.

From the time I wake up have breakfast that someone grew in the field and harvested, sent to a factory and packaged for transport to my grocer who worked hard all day to supply me with things I might need, to beddy-byes, I’m reliant on the kindness of others.

The greatest gift this lesson has granted me is patience at roadworks. To know those guys and gals are busting their collective buns to make my transport system safe and efficient makes me smile ‘Big Time’.

But I didn’t know this Shit!

Now I do, and I’m not that good at being grateful still, but I’m betterer.

Shout Outs

So, here’s a big shout out to Iva Ursano, and George Haas, and Dan Harris. These are three beautiful people who I’ve met and gotten to know a little better today.

There are so many Beautiful people in this Interweb thing and so many Rabbit Holes to avoid before you get to meet them, but it’s worth it.

love alwaz
mike

p.s. I have opened up a new place for Sober & Happy, or Happy, or Sober or Anyone really. It’s called Dharmaholics ‘Happy Campus’.

Go there now and BE HAPPY!

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