If I have one ever-present material weakness—and I think a lot of minimalists struggle with at least one—it’s the persistent desire to purchase backpacks and messenger bags.
If I’m in a shop that carries them, I’ll eventually find my way over to the display and evaluate them. I can’t help myself; I’m drawn to shopping for new backpacks and messenger bags like some women are drawn to perusing new purses even though they have a dozen or more already.
I’ve worked to understand this need, want, OK… let’s call it what it is…a compulsion that I clearly have to find the perfect backpack or messenger bag. Like any form of materialism, it’s linked to my desire for control.
As humans, we are addicted to control. As one who leans toward living as a Practical Buddhist, I know that I don’t have control over anything. I tend to say yes to life, but when I confuse life with retail sales, I can falter and say “OMG, YES!” [Read more…]