Friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, world...I have recently realized that attachment to all things - whether objects or people - is the source of suffering.
As such, in order to transcend duality and move forward in my spiritual progress,
I will be doing everything I can to move beyond attachment.
And in order to move beyond all forms of attachment I will no longer be giving anything to anyone either, so as to sidestep the feeling of obligation, which as I see as one of the main sources of attachment.
I understand that this might come as a surprise to some of you, namely my wife and children who count on me for financial and emotional support. That's unfortunately going to come to an abrupt end.
Now, family, before you get angry, I'd like you to take a second and...
1. not get angry - because that's bad for your and my karma (remember, I'm trying to DE-tach here) ...
2. you'll thank me in the long run (granted, the "long run" might be seven lifetimes from now) when you find yourself peacefully unattached to outcomes and things.
I'd like to apologize in advance to my friend, Jim, who I promised to help move next month. No can do no more.
If I help you move, Jim, I'm clearly attached to the notion that I want your move to go smooth and, as of right this minute, I neither want your move to go smooth or not go smooth. I wish it to go as your karma has preordained for you. And I won't be there to find out.
Also, take note, world - that will be my last apology going forward to anyone or anything. Apologies are attachment to a desire that I care what someone thinks of me. Think what you want, or don't.
To my employers who have treated me fairly and with respect, for the sake of my karma and spiritual development I can no longer hand in any work to you. That would be attachment to a sense of obligation, which I no longer feel.
I am, however, due one more paycheck and six weeks of vacation. Do with it as you please. I'm sure my family would like it but I'm not going to sway anyone in any direction.
The only swaying that will be done will be me as I float through the world like a leaf, going wherever it takes me.
To say that I'm excited...well, I wouldn't, because that would also be attachment.
This all starts on Monday morning by the way. Please treat me as normal through the weekend.