(Yoinked from and .)
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open the book to page 42.
- Find the first full sentence.
- Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
- Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
So mine turned to be the closest in the nearby bookcase by virtue of being the last book I put on that shelf when I unpacked my last book box of the day on Sunday.
“Money as an object of contemplation is like a koan — that unanswerable sort of question meditated on in Zen Buddhism. What is the sound of one hand clapping? What is the reality of money? You can even imagine silent monks gliding through manicured gardens, whittling away at their rational minds with such an inscrutable question. “What is money?” is the perfect koan for the soul-sick M.B.A.’s who turn to religion when the market lets them down.
Our first impulse might be to get some dollar bills or coins out of our wallet and place them on a small altar. We could then sit down in front of it, straighten our spines, relax our shoulders, steady our breath and… contemplate “money.””
— Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
Kind of fitting for the current Wall Street mood…