Three fires have popped in front of me within one week. All in the form of houses burning down!
The first fire came in my dream.
I was outside on the phone with my husband while my children were inside sleeping, as well as, my sister and her children. I look at the house and see my house being lit up with red embers and small flames spreading up.
I rush to the window of my girls rooms and kick out the window to get everyone out. Then I make an attempt to run through the house grabbing things. I went straight to my closet and grabbed my favorite nicest clothes (plus a pair of jeans!). Next, I grab my mattress and start pushing it through the house, towards the door.
I get out with the stuff that is going to allow me to continue forward in life…my kids, my sis and her children, some clothes, and a place to sleep.
The second fire came from hearing a one-sided conversation.
I’m in line at Wal-Mart and the lady in front of me is on the phone saying “I know, Mother, but when you lose everything in a fire you don’t realize how important all the little basic things are. I keep thinking of things that I need to buy.” The little boys, Dad, and Mom’s buggy contained a few basic clothing items, a little bit of food, toiletries, and a couple toys for the boys.
The important thing is that this lady had the most important things in front of her. Her family. They can not be replaced.
The third fire popped in front of me on facebook.
A facebook friend of mine posted an article linked to Oprah.com on facebook. A professional organizer shares one way to decide what is truly important to keep when you are having a hard time making decisions. His advice…if your house were burning down, what would you grab in an instant?
I guess the moral of the fire story for me is to know that it truly doesn’t take much to survive and be thankful for. If your home were on fire, like in my dream, then you don’t have the option of haggling with your mind about what to grab. You just go with your instinct. And you move fast!
It didn’t take me long, merely seconds, to grab what I needed because I am good about keeping my house in order and know exactly where things are located. (Just thought I’d throw that important piece of info into this story because things may have turned out differently in my dream if not for the comfortably organized manner I live.)