Jeeves replies, “Is ‘propinquity’ the word you wish, sir?”
Bertie: “It is. I stake everything on propinquity, Jeeves.”
Twenty-two years later, Ian Fleming published the James Bond novel, Diamonds Are Forever (1956). One of the chapters was titled, "Nothing Propinks Like Propinquity."
We become what/who we are near. We become our habits and those we hang around. The little irritants are our great chance. Is not everything staked on propinquity?
The same evening that Gray Wolf appeared was also Cougar's first time at Tallspruce circle. Mole stayed underground throughout the zazen period that day, but poked his nose out for the discussion of karma.
After Raven's final response to Gray Wolf, Cougar asked, "Then is karma just cause and effect?"
Raven said, "Propinquity propinks."
Couger shook his head vigorously and said, "Sometimes it makes me irritated."
Raven said, "Your great chance."
adapted from Robert Aitken, Zen Master RavenRaven 22