Chop Wood, Carry Water

    There is a Zen saying “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

    Chatty is in the midst of one of those chopping wood/carrying water periods.

    Without the enlightenment, of course.

    She awoke this morning with this wannabe saying running through her head:

                        Change happens with or without you
                        Therefore, do not seek change.
                        For if you do, you shall receive it.
                        Probably in pennies.


    Happily, she felt better (though no more enlightened) after a cup of coffee, but suddenly she was curious.

    Chatty already knew it costs the US Mints 6 cents to produce each unit of paper currency. It doesn’t matter whether it is a $1 bill or a $500 bill – each one costs about 6 cents to print. A nice return, even on a $1 bill. But what about a penny?

    So she looked it up. Does anyone want to guess how much it costs to make a penny?

    Meanwhile, back to chopping wood and carrying water…

    And, most importantly…

    to The Wiz!



About merseamersea

setter of cryptic crosswords, designer of jewelry, paper and card maker, editor, quilter, embroiderer, cook, avid mystery reader and occasional writer. Find me on Facebook as Maggie-beth Rees Rasor.
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15 Responses to Chop Wood, Carry Water

  1. Jenn says:

    Happy Birthday!

  2. kcinnova says:

    I knew it cost more than a penny was worth, but I was surprised to see how much more it was! Nice pennies. Maybe the Wiz wants a jar of them for his birthday? *Happy birthday to the Wiz!*

  3. gary says:

    It is something like 1.7 cents each?I think the zen idea is that in simple tasks, our minds can figure things out.

  4. gary says:

    (small nod to you at potsblog–you’re excellent!)

  5. gary says:

    (thanks Chatty! and your box is supposed to be there Monday!)

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