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Pouring Soul into Objects

As I have changed how I think about material possessions, and been asking myself how things do—or don’t—serve me in the present moment, I have realized that I used to ascribe value to things at an unhealthy level. I had been confusing mementos from certain experiences with the experiences themselves. I had been confusing gifts from people I cared about with the relationships with those people. On a deeper level, it felt as though I had been pouring my very spirit—my very soul—into material objects, which is why, on the hot Paraguayan summer day [when I was pickpocketed], it felt as though those men were not just stealing an object, they were stealing a piece of me.