Buddhism teaches that we must work towards detachment, i.e., a state in which a person overcomes his or her attachment to desire for things, people or concepts of the world to be able to attain a heightened perspective.
So I’m wondering if perhaps the universe thought I needed a swift kick in the butt today after glowingly talking about my favorite things yesterday. Maybe like a “wake up call” that I need to do some work in the “detachment from material objects” department?
My wallet was stolen earlier today. Although I can be a little flighty and have a tendency to lose things, I’m pretty sure I didn’t lose it and it was, in fact, stolen. I rather stupidly went against all the good advice I used to give to my students in Scotland and made it easy by putting it in a front pocket on my backpack, so I blame myself to some extent. But he/she didn’t get any money (I only had change – sucka!) and we’ve immediately cancelled all credit and banking cards. So for the person who stole it, it was a lot of risk with little to no reward. But I am really ticked that 1) they got my Indiana driver’s license which is perhaps going to be the biggest pain in the butt of all to replace, and 2) I absolutely loved – no, adored – the wallet itself. The wallet was from one of my favorite Scottish stores called Ness. It was a lovely pink tartan material and looked a little like this, only in pink:
I know it’s not healthy, or helping me to reach an enlightened state, to love a wallet this much, but I can’t help it. It’s tartan. And pink. Pink tartan, people! Big sigh.
I have this hope, albeit a tiny one, that perhaps the mean person who stole my wallet will at least be kind enough to ditch it somewhere an honest person can find it, i.e. not a rubbish bin. And maybe then I’ll be reunited with both the wallet and driver’s license again, which would go a long way to making me a happier girl. But if the universe doesn’t want it, I guess I’ll work on the detachment thing. And trying to figure out a way to get a new driver’s license.