When she realised that the fire cannot be put out, she had to rush within minutes to grab literally a handful of personal items while she still can. As she was in a panic, she realised that she was grabbing her computer screen in her arms without thinking. When she realised how silly that was, she stopped and let it go so that she can quickly get those items that are really important to her.
Let's pause for a while and think about what items you will grab should this unfortunate event happen to you. As we go through life, we accumulate more and more stuff into our lives, without really reflecting on whether they are important or useful to us. An involuntary event that forces us to prioritize what is important might not be such an unfortunate event afterall.
So, what's the 'grab-in-emergency' items you will take from your home? Take a moment and reflect on this question.
For her, she brought along these items:
1. Her husband's down slippers (those feathery stuff you used to put inside hotel pillows)
2. Her husbands's jacket, which he had since high school that is of great comfort and nostalgia for him
3. Her own pillow, which is bought around 1960s from her grandparent's house. She had to sleep with it everyday
4. Her leopard soft toy which she had to have in order to sleep. A dear friend of theirs who got cancer bought it for her and she had that for the longest time.
Like someone who survives a life threatening illness, this sort of involuntary event will jolt you out of the daily grind of life and force you to prioritize what's truly important to you. If you see it positively, it's a lesson that the universe is trying to get you to wake up from your slumber. Let's not wait for such an event to sort out our lives because if we're aware of it, we can actually do it right now.