As the hole starts taking shape and the dirt starts flying, your adrenaline gets going and you keep digging. And digging. And digging. Pretty soon, you start saying to yourself, “This is going to be one awesome hole!”
Meanwhile, the seedling looks at your work and thinks to itself, “You know, I really think that the hole is already big enough.”
But it’s not good enough for you.
Somehow, your effort has turned from the reasonable task of providing a home for your seedling, to getting caught up in the act of digging itself.
Excitedly, you dig. And dig, and dig. Your pursuit has turned from digging a sufficient hole, to digging a significant one. And of course if you keep digging long enough, you eventually find yourself in a hole that you can’t dig yourself out of.
Let’s apply that to our inclination to possess things.
Often, the same point that we realize we really could have done without a thing, especially if we think we really could have done without a thing, is the same point we find ourselves stuck in a hole.