Buddha's most significant story is that suffering in life is constant and we cannot change that. What we can act on is our reaction to suffering. That comes from want and if we can let go of want, we can lose suffering.
My response is one of the son of the Wisconsin Nort'woods: What if I just want a beer?
Several of my transitions include changing banks and other businesses who, inevitably, request a previous address. I don't like the word "homeless" at this point because the blog likely did me more harm than good. One interviewer more or less asked, "How could you let this happen to you?"
I've tried responding, "Well, I'm in between addresses."
That brings a blank stare.
I have been trying to buy a mattress and bed -- that's another long story -- and the salesperson always asks, "What kind of mattress are you using?"
Um, not mine.
Some friends. some motels, wherever I can lay my huge misshapen head so the mattress doesn't matter so much.
An expert warned me early on that the toughest part of being homeless, even my homeless light, is working out of it because people don't like the stigma.
I will work my way out of this.
Then I will settle in and read and write about big muskies and lumberjacks.
And be forever grateful for this chance so late in my career.
Have a beautiful long weekend, as temperatures here in the Nort'woods are shooting to 50 degrees.
Peace and fortitude unto you my brothers and sisters.