This past weekend, on a whim, I went through my Amazon list to see what was on it and total things up. The sum total of thing I have identified is somewhere around $550. Which sounds like a lot, of course - until I considered over time the change in my income. Which made me look at the larger list of things I want in general and figure out that for a not incredible sum of money, I could have all of them.
It is odd, really - I can remember a time where my material desires seemed to stretch as far as the horizon. I wanted this, I wanted that - to explore, to try, to test, to enjoy. But over time, the list becomes less and less, the things either less in amount but greater in value or simply not there at all.
The things I have come to value - solitude, freedom from having to do that which I do not enjoy, perhaps seeing places I have never been - are all thing which are really immaterial in manner and for which there is not really any "thing" to acquire. But in point of fact they are coming to mean more and more to me. And the money that was or could be spent on those things now represent the very sort of things that will allow me to acquire more of these new things of value.
A man can have enough books, enough swords, enough house, enough land. What a man cannot have enough of - time, freedom - are almost suddenly revealed to be the greatest things of value that I never really considered.