When I was 6 years old, I was in the checkout lane at the grocery with my mom. She was busy loading groceries from the cart onto the conveyor belt while I was busy checking out all the tempting candy, all of which was at eye level for me. I wanted the gum.
As far back as I can remember, I always admired the graffiti art surrounding California, especially three legendary graffiti artists, Revok, Reyes and Steel, who recently filed a landmark lawsuit in California against embroiled fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
Several years ago, a forest products company was losing about $1 million a year due to employee theft. After a few simple policy changes, theft dropped to near zero, and it stayed there for at least three years -- with no monitoring at all.
Nothing had really changed. OK, my stuff was gone, but I was still ME. What else mattered? I love myself the way I am, and while I still like having beautiful things, I know that losing all my possessions gave me a greater awareness of the best possession I have -- myself.