The Silver Lining of an Unwelcome Pickpocket - Convenience Does Not Equal Necessity

Written from Venice, Italy

We stood in a tram car on our way to the station. Each of us shouldered a heavy pack and held a small bag in one hand while the other hand closely guarded our pockets which carried wallets and iPhones. The small car was crowded and on more than one occasion persuaded us to shift to another nook or cranny. On one such occasion as a new swarm of pedestrians pushed their way into the tram, one of my friends was temporarily made to relinquish protection of his pockets to grab a pole. In the few seconds his hand was absent, another hand found its way in, stealing his iPhone. He realized it moments later just as the suspected pickpocket walked away and the automatic doors shut behind him.

It has been over two weeks since that occurrence and he has come to find a relieving solitude in the void. That isn't to say that having the phone wasn't convenient... we've had to work around that fact. But wasn't a necessity. So much of what we are blessed with is simply a convenience. In fact, much is hardly that. But...

Convenience does not, by its virtue, equal necessity.

About a week into not having his phone, my friend turned to me and our other companion and asked us if he should spring for a new iPhone when he got back home or if he should shell out a few bucks on a "dumb" phone. The solitude was nice.

Conveniences often make it easy for us to worry because it affords us the opportunity to catch glimpses of things to worry about. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to remove the source. I'm not advocating tossing your iPhone - I certainly plan to keep mine. However, it does cause to you to think, doesn't it? It forced me to be honest with myself about the value of having my iPhone.

Don't make the mistake of tying yourself so securely to your possessions that you can't recover with little effort from their loss.