I quickly related this to my current (infinitely less severe) plight in trying to get six humans and tons of baggage across the pond during a period of considerable uncertainty being broadcast by BAA and BA. We'll inevitably end up shipping a good portion of our possessions back via Fedex, and the remainder will be our rations until we are able to return stateside.
This prompted a flurry of synaptic connections to the insights of various sages over the ages that provided a nice, sobering smack-to-the-forehead. Here are three, just off the top of my newly-smacked head:
If you do not adulate the worthy, you will make others non-contentious.
If you do not value rare treasures, you will stop others from stealing.
If people do not see desirables, they will not be agitated.
- Lao Tzu
What a lot of things there are a man can do without. - Socrates
Simplify, simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau
It is Taoist, Confucian (although I cannot recall the analect), Socratic, and trancendentalist to say that a man can do better without a myriad of possessions and attachments. A more recent sage, Chuck Palahniuk, had an alter-ego Tyler Durden say 'The things you own, own you.'. I think I will have to concur, even before I see the invoice from the shipping company for our baggage.