Time to ponder what possessions should be placed in a holdall or overnight bag, ready to be grabbed in the event of an emergency, is something many caught up in the recent earthquakes here in the Emilia region of Italy never had.
Yet what possessions, hypothetically or otherwise, would we choose to keep to hand? Knowing we can’t carry everything, the choice can be tough.
If we feel certain possessions are part of who we are, or provide us in some way with an identity, the thought of their loss can be frightening. Given the volume of messages we are subjected to, it’s easy to understand how we are influenced into believing our possessions determine who we are.
Some possessions may have sentimental value, linked to special moments, memories or people. Other possessions make life easier, provide pleasure and give a sense of well being. Yet without judging anyone’s perspectives – nor suggesting we can do without any possessions at all – I can’t help thinking how we are more than our possessions.
So, back to the initial question. What would go into the bag? Photos, personal or family valuables, favourite items of clothing? Nothing? And what about the things that cannot be placed in a bag?
According to Carlos Santana, “The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.” After life itself, perhaps?
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