A handbag?

You mightn’t think a handbag could teach you a lesson but mine did! A couple of years ago I fell in love with a beautiful big-brand bag, and bought it. Beautiful soft leather. It was expensive, costing more than I think I’d ever spent on something for myself before, but I was thrilled to have it. Thrilled for a few days. Then the zipper tag came off. I put it back on. I told myself I should use it regularly and convinced myself that I liked it as much as I did at the start. I started to resent the fact that it had cost so much and even to feel guilty about it. I told a friend about it, that I was thinking of selling it, and she said I should keep it as a reminder that “things don’t make us happy, at least not for long”. But I knew that I wanted to be free of it – so sold it on ebay and mostly bought books and some christmas gifts with the proceeds –  I felt so much better and it was a positive learning experience! Consider why you want the THINGS you do and how long the feeling would last if you got what you thought you always wanted?

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