I wanted a new watch.
So I started shopping.
“This watch tells the time in different time zones.”
“This one displays the current date.”
“This displays the day of the week and the month. It’s called a triple date watch.”
“Tactile watches tell time even without you looking at it.”
“Quartz watches are powered by a battery. Mechanical watches are powered by gears and springs.”
Shopping for a watch to tell time was taking a lot of time.
So I detached.
I took a breath.
Instead of wanting, I tried being.
I went for a walk.
I looked at trees.
Pretty soon, I lost my desire for a new watch.
Epictetus says wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
Being reduces the grip on wanting.