What Really Matters?

Anyone living in California was forced to answer the question last week: what really matters? With fires raging throughout the state, I, like most people made a list of what to take if forced to evacuate. The list was long, but realistically if I had 15 minutes to get out it would be my dog, some cash, some important papers, and if I could, a few pictures. Fortunately, I did not have to leave.

I spent time every day last week reaching out to friends living in areas affected by the flames to make sure they were good in their homes. The guest room in my home was ready as was I, ready to listen, comfort, and just be present. What else could I do?

What really matters? It’s not accumulated stuff of a lifetime, rather caring for others in whatever way I can. I’m making it my business to keep that mindset every day.

If we all do it, we too will be firefighters. A different kind, but very necessary.


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