Some people had only minutes to evacuate their homes. If you had to leave work, if you had to go home… what would you take if you only had 5 minutes to grab it and leave? Would it be the expensive painting? The sculpture worth a lot of money? Or would you be more concerned about the things that didn’t cost much but meant a lot to you? Would you grab your animals … dog, cat, whatever? What’s important to you and would make you sad if you no longer had it? What could you never replace?
What would I get? I’d grab my dog Maya and some other things that I could never replace. Some things that mean the most to me such as photos and other things that help me with memories would be what I’d grab. Things I could never replace because I can always buy the other stuff later. Memories that are attached to emotions are all I have to remind me of who’s important to me and what I’ve been through and accomplished in my life. On top of that, I’d make sure my roommates and neighbors were ok and see if they needed any help.
The bottom line… what’s important to you?
I know for one guy (Joe Schneider) and good friend of mine…. His family is the most important thing to him. On my cross-country trip, I drove up to Chicago and had dinner with Joe and his family (wife and new addition) and could see the love in his eyes for Riley. Joe is a cancer survivor with such passion for helping others with the disease it’s just unreal. Riley is also a miracle child since the treatments were supposed to leave Joe….well… unable to have kids. Let’s just say he had one quick swimmer and that’s all it takes! Anyhow, I know if I asked Joe this question, the first thing out of his mouth would be a combo of his wife, his kid, and his dog. Everything else would take a back seat because of his priorities and devotion to family. Joe…. On that note, thank you for being one of my inspirations and a good friend.
I guess that’s about it for now. I’m going to keep an eye on the fire and hope it doesn’t dip too much further down into Boulder. In the mean time, I’m going to keep those 11,000+ homes in my thoughts and prayers as the firemen battle this thing.
Maybe today… make a list of what’s important to you and your life. See what you would do in a crisis situation. How would you react and step back from yourself, evaluate what you have, and be thankful for all of it.
1st Cancer Survivor to Summit Everest
International Inspirational Speaker
Author: Keep Climbing