Down The Road, Across The Street

A few things today:

– Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to deal in my Currency of Happiness (i.e., have a genuine, open human connection)
– This interaction resulted in me walking away smiling, with a tattered paperback copy of one of my favorite authorities on zen, free of charge
– It’s an old book (first published in 1957); my edition has a cover list price of “60¢”
– Even just shuffling through the preface, I am amazed at how true the author’s words remain some sixty years later
– As I fit within my palm this volume that costs less than a dollar (and that I acquired for even less than that), I am reminded of the great power that can be found inherent within published hardcopy books
– That hidden mystique of printed material is one I think (hope) will never be lost
– It may certainly fade, but there is something to be said for the tangible permanence of a paperback that sits unmoved by & unaware of the cloud-based, digital world that beams through the space around it.

I look forward to sharing passages from this work as I spend more time reflecting on it.

———

Sublime.

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