One Thing

On the news tonight they were talking with the survivors of one of the devastating tornadoes that have been causing such havoc in the Midwest. And the question was asked: what one thing would you rescue if you could only have one thing from your home, your things, your space? The woman featured in the story was trying to find her wedding dress for the wedding coming up in a few days.

I started thinking about the question, about what I would want to save. We are so invested in things, in acquiring them and displaying and generally accumulating them that “stuff” is overwhelming. Assuming I was able to save the kitty initially, I think I would want to save the computer. All of my important information is on the laptop – plus scanned family photos and documents, financial records, and the family genealogy that I’ve been working on for over 30 years.

Clothes and shoes, books and kitchen stuff, furniture and electronics … they’re all just things. Don’t get me wrong, I live well and enjoy having a comfortable home. But my kitty, my family mean far more.

What would you save?