L=Linda, K=Kim, B=Buddha
L: Why are you smiling?
K: Buddha said when you realize everything is perfect...
L: Shh... no Buddha stuff... I have a headache.
K: I'm smiling because that's something people do when they like someone.
L: Sweet. How can everything be perfect if I'm late and I can't find my keys?
K: Just a second, I'll ask Buddha.
K: Buddha, she wants to know...
B: Yea, I get that every day. How can we smile when things aren't the way...
K: That's it, wise man.
B: Easy. Just a minor paradigm shift. All you need to do is to like things as "it is."
K: What's to like about being late and not being able to find your keys?
B: You want to argue with me or relieve suffering?
K: To be truthful, I'd like my wife to see me smiling and not be so suspicious.
B: So you are late?
K: No, she's late. I'm smiling.
B: I don't really understand this "late" business. How can you be late if you are "in the moment?"
K: But she has a job.
B: We all have jobs... being aware of our minds. Is she late for that?
K: No. She sits in a gallery and smiles when people come in.
B: Why does she smile? Because everything is perfect?
K: No, she smiles because if they see a friendly face they will associate that with the objects in the shop, and then they'll buy something so they can bring the smile home.
B: She should smile because everything is perfect.
K: But maybe it isn't perfect, especially if she can't get to the shop because she can't find her keys.
B: The shop will wait. The smile won't. Realize how perfect this is. She's able to be where she is... just because she can't find her keys. How much better do things get?
K: Buddha, you are the eternal optimist.