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Consumption: Week 4 of Fewer Books: Letting Go
Submitted by Sharon Salzberg on Thu, 4/26/2012, 10:38am
I’m sorry this is the last week of this process, though it has had a good effect and perhaps it’s time to move on to other lessons in letting go. I packed up 10 books today for a writer friend, and another 10 for my local Goodwill, a very nice addition to my neighborhood. Sad to say, visually it doesn’t really make much of a dent yet in my apartment. (And that doesn’t even take into account my house in Barre.) You still do walk in to my apartment and see piles of books – but I’m working on it. I passed through Penn station yesterday without stopping at the bookstore. I walked by Barnes and Noble today without going in. I felt at peace about that. I’m looking through all the books before I give them away, and appreciating my purchases. And also appreciating letting go, being happy for the people who will read them. Maybe IDP should start a lending library, and I’d have another repository for those piles of great books, and another source of great joy as I imagine many people reading.
We are on this journey as a community. Read all the Responsible Consumption posts and follow along as we examine our habits.
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