I watched this video clip today and was struck by one of the evacuee’s statements:
“You learn what is valuable in life, and it isn’t the stuff,” she said.
Fire. Disaster. Hurricanes. Sickness.
Chaos and devastation surround us. It’s during times like this that we are reminded how little value our possessions hold and true value is found in those you love.
Minimized Stuff With Maximum Value
One of the evacuees in the news story described herself as being frozen and not knowing what to grab when she got the five minute warning to evacuate.
Would you know what you wanted to take with you?
It’s harder to know what to take when your life is choked by clutter. When everything in your home is fighting for a place of importance, it’s hard to see real value there.
By whittling down our personal possessions, there is very little that I would be lost without.
It wouldn’t be tough to grab some clothes we’d need because most of us don’t have many extra clothes anymore.
Our treasured family photos are on two backup drives here at the house but they are also automatically backed up to a remote server. All our important documents are scanned and backed up as well. So while I could grab those two devices if I had time, it wouldn’t be completely necessary.
My entire livelihood is run from my 13″ laptop so I could grab that. It would be more of a hassle to replace it than a necessity I would be heartbroken to lose.
Any jewelry like my wedding rings or favorite necklace I’m probably already wearing anyway.
So, in the end . . . all I really need to grab are my kids, pets, and other family members.
It’s the Simplicity that Sets You Free
Do you feel free? If not, what would it take for you to feel that freedom?
What would you take with you if you only had 5 minutes to evacuate?
Article originally published on 09/06/2011