I read a magazine article today about how to prevent a “money disaster” – i.e., how to keep track of valuables and their worth for the purposes of filing a claim with an insurance company, should a real disaster (flood, tornado, fire, etc.) actually occur. I believe that appropriate planning is wise and prudent, so I reviewed the list of valuables and the accompanying documentation suggested by the author.
As I read down each column (cameras/photography equipment, china/crystal, collectibles [coins/stamps/rare books], electronics, fine art, furniture, furs, musical instruments, sports memorabilia, jewelry), I grew more and more relieved. I own very few items considered to be ‘valuables’; of the items I do own, I wouldn’t be emotionally destroyed (or logistically put-out) if they were suddenly removed from my life. Yes, my husband and I own a nice TV and some good computer devices – but I’d be just as happy in life with no TV, and if I had to get a new computer I would just consider it the universe’s way of letting me know I was due for an upgrade. :) Our home has furniture in it – but nothing ridiculously expensive or precious. Everything we have (bed, dressers, chairs, sofa) can be pretty easily replaced; and we could always sleep on an air mattress and sit on floor cushions in the interim. (I’ve certainly done it before…) Regarding musical instruments, my husband and I have various and assorted instruments throughout the house (a few guitars, a mandolin, an upright bass, maybe even a bass guitar) – but we haven’t played them in years (literally), so clearly they are not too ‘important’ to us. As far as jewelry, I own one nice piece (my wedding ring) – and I like it a lot; but I love my husband, not it. If the ring were stolen, I’d be a little sad; but the loss of the ring doesn’t mean the loss of what the ring represents.
As I reached the end of the page, I learned that I don’t own a lot of treasures. No real surprise there. More importantly, I learned (or perhaps, affirmed) that I don’t need a lot of treasures in order to have a ‘valuable’ life. In fact, I really don’t want a lot of treasures. I want meaning, not things.
And it looks like that’s exactly what I do have. And that truly makes me happy.