Thursday, January 1, 2009

I went for my walk today. My hernia repair was hurting (when it hurts, it really hurts, about an 8 on a 1-10 scale) and walking seems to help it. While I was walking I was listening to a Speaking of Faith podcast on AA. One of the participants was a Buddhist who was comparing Buddhism and AA. He talked in terms of addiction being the extreme form of attachment. It is our desires that make us unhappy.

Psalm 23 says the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. I remember reading somewhere that the I shall not want is that I will not desire that which God has not given me. A secret for happiness. I keep thinking if I were back in San Anselmo (my idea of heaven), then I'd be happy. But there would be something else that I'd want. So, I'm going to be happy with what I have been given. And I have been given so much. Way more than I deserve.

Blessings on this first day of the year. I have to eat my blackeyed peas which I haven't yet.