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More on Attachment

A couple of good comments yesterday on "No Attachment to Dust," which was quoting a short story from the book Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.

Christopher Lovejoy commented on the line, "Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for an easy life." He asked -

I ask you with sincerity: in your travels, have you ever had a glimpse of poverty as a condition to be treasured, either for yourself or for others?

If so, what were your impressions? Could such a condition be lived on a permanent basis? Or do you believe such a condition is best experienced as temporary?

Great questions and good critical thinking. A few points.

Steel Thyself Against Delays

My apologies for not writing lately. A mix of a family member being ill (she's fine, thanks), and today's lesson --

Prepare for things to take longer than you plan, and don't get demoralized when it happens.

Every multi-step project has multiple potential pitfalls you might be unaware of.

Take banking, for instance. This happened to me, and has happened to lots of people I know. They assume getting a local bank account in a foreign country is no big deal, and budget a couple hours for it. Then they're shocked when it takes much longer and with more runaround than anticipated.

This can screw up all kinds of things -- setting up a way to receive payments, send invoices, etc.

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