I find it easy to relate to Buddhist principles. After all, the teachings aren't all that different from Christian principles, the most obvious dichotomy is that Buddhism puts the burden on the individual, while Christianity often puts the burden on dogma or the Messiah.
But the thing about Buddhist and Hindu philosophies that many people understand is Karma, or the idea that good or bad acts will be returned to you, respectively.
I totally believe in Karma, but I am having a hard time figuring out where my Karma is balancing right now.
I may seem like a total misanthrope, but there are a lot of good things happening in my life right now:
-My niece just learned how to walk
-I am almost finished with my first shawl
-I have plenty to eat (maybe too much, in fact)
-Dave found the perfect bottle of red wine (Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel)
-I quit biting my nails
-I had my first of two major dentist appointments, so I'm halfway through remodeling my mouth
-I'm feeling more connected to my yoga practice
-I have decided to get a hearing aid
-I'm about to go on a trip for my THIRD ANNIVERSARY! (Can you freaking believe that I've been married for THREE YEARS already? I CAN'T!)
-We've been on the receiving end of a lot of rain, which means that cooler temps have come with it, and, thusly, I wore a sweater yesterday
-I have a great husband, a wonderful family and some kickass friends.
So, all of these things are good things. These are things that, by no small measure, make me happy to be alive. If you were to read this list without any context, you would think that Karma is paying me back for good deeds. I would think that, too, except:
-I am about to reach the 6 month mark of consecutive unemployment
-I have very few job prospects
-I miss my sisters, sister-in-law, brothers and brothers-in-law
-I miss my mom and dad
-I am a big steaming pile of lazy and depressed
Although I feel that the second list, which is really short, is outweighed by the first, I just can't shake the horrible feeling that hangs out in the back alley of Club Jobless: Lack of worth.
It's a good thing that I have a husband that really tries to support me. I know it's hard for him, because feelig this way for what has become half of a year can't be easy for a chronic optimist.
In any case, I hope that I get more hits in the win column soon.