A big storm is coming. You have to decide what is worth saving.
And no, you can’t save everything.
You must choose…and oh yeah, it has to fit in your clothes washer.
What do you save? What is TRULY important?
When this happened to our family, I took everything out of our fire box – birth certificates, passports, car titles, copy of our will, etc. and placed them carefully in the washer.
Plenty of room left…
So, I immediately grab our daughter’s one-year scrapbook that took years (literally) to complete. It is a treasure, irreplaceable, and BIG.
Significantly less room now…
I begin going through our personal files and grab bank statements, credit card information, insurance papers – oh boy, this is a lot.
I start to wonder if perhaps the dryer could also be water tight. Hmmm…do I chance it?
What about my mother’s china? Furniture we love? Non-digital photos? Family heirlooms?
You can’t protect everything.
These are real decisions we make in Florida every time a hurricane is on its way.
It’s a decision anyone makes when they know they are in danger of losing their precious belongings and sometimes, of losing everything.
What if you lost everything you own?
Your house is gone, your car has been crushed.
You have the clothes on your back.
Your family is alive.
Isn’t that what’s truly important?
An experience like this will quickly bring you back to center, to a place of grounding and clarity.
Suddenly, the long line at Starbucks seems trivial. The person who just cut you off in traffic means nothing. The colleague who pushes your buttons once again doesn’t trigger you at all.
The beautiful thing is you don’t have to wait for a tragedy to happen to achieve this place of peace and connection to what truly matters.
Be in the present moment and be grateful.
I invite you to share your own personal experience and comments below.