No one longs for what he or she already has, and yet the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason so many of us cannot see the red X that marks the spot is because we are standing on it. The treasure we seek requires no lengthy expedition, no expensive equipment, no superior aptitude or special company. All we lack is the willingness to imagine that we already have everything we need. The only thing missing is our consent to be where we are.
— From An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
It is a terrible first-world problem to have — to be lost in fixation on that one more book (or album or movie) that will ‘complete’ my library; to be sold to the madness of equating the purchase of a book with the possession of (or by) it; to be given over to the wild comfort of life among stacks teeming with stuff.
Enough. Be present. Right where my nose is between the pages (or pressed against the screen). And think. And write. And dream.