One of the great lessons of my sabbatical was how little I really needed, especially in the way of material things or attachments.
Sure I missed family and friends, but I needed very little else. Many of the things society believes we “need” or “must have” would not have fit in my small locker.
Buddhists say, “Real peace arises when our mind becomes free of attachments. When you know that the objects of this world can never give you what you really want.”
What they say rings true to this soul who learned so very much on sabbatical. Material things, money, and worldly toys are not evil in themselves as long as we know and understand that no worldly attachment can ever give us what we need.
Our wants and needs are never satisfied by the material, only the spiritual.