I don't like St. Patrick's day. Actually, I don't agree with it, or I don't agree with what it has become.
I'm assuming (because I'm not going to bother researching because I'm a lazy bum remember?) that it was/is a Catholic thing. So why do we all 'celebrate' this holiday? WITH GETTING FALLING DOWN DRUNK?
I don't drink.
I don't judge you for drinking, even for getting drunk. I don't understand *why*, but I'm not judging.
Back to St. Patrick's day. Fine, you gunna go get hammered? Why are you using this 'holiday' to excuse it?
I guess we generally feel we need a reason to have fun (if you call feeling sick the next day fun...). From "I had a bad day, give me chocolate" to "hey! it's a random day with a St.'s name attached to it! let's get hammered"
I think I just became enlightened! In Pema Chodron's "living with uncertainty" she talks a bit about pleasure, and avoiding seeking it out. I never really understood that. What is wrong with having chocolate ice cream, or even a beer? I *think* it's not so much the chocolate or beer, or even getting drunk that is the 'problem', but the seeking out an escape, or pleasure. It's the *looking* that's the 'problem'. If we are looking for something different, we aren't living and accepting now.
"I want chocolate, it will make me happy" is different from "sure, I'll have a piece of chocolate since you offered, mmmmm it's good"
I've 'given up' drinking because I don't feel I need it. I tell people that I can act like a fool with out it. And who wants to be sick the next day anyway? ON PURPOSE even.
So, think about that. I promise promise promise I don't look down upon you for drinking any more than I look down upon the people I serve coffee to everyday. I'm no exception. I have my 'vices', I'm not better than you.
I'm feeling rather strange about all this though. I think I'm scared I'm going to offend people for telling them not to seek out pleasure. I'm not sure I can articulate exactly what I mean.
Feeling good isn't bad.
I've been working on not seeing *anything* as bad or good. Things just are.
If you *are* feeling offended by what I said, maybe (I'm going to do it again I think...) maybe there is a reason you feel offended?
By you reading this doesn't mean I think you need to think this along with me. It doesn't mean I think I'm right. But just that it feels right to me.
have I stuck my foot way up there?
I hope you understand.