Today I am supposed to provide a picture of my most treasured item as part of the Thirty Day Challenge. Yet what would that be? I grew up with the belief that knicknacks were useless and that if one did not use something within six months it should be discarded. That has changed slightly as I've gotten older. I've realized a year cycle is probably better and that I shouldn't discard everything -- scraps of wood can come in quite handy for art or other projects.
Like most tasks in this month-long self-examination, I started thinking about my answer a day in advance. I determined that I could not answer with a person or a pet, since "item" implies, to me at least, something that is not alive. For most of my life I have worked on getting rid of attachments to possessions, knowing that those possessions may be gone in a blink of an eye. This was demonstrated in a very real way one year ago this month when I arrived home to find my home burgled. All of the beautiful jewelry I collected over many years -- including the one large piece Honey bought me one year, my grandmother's antique engagement ring, and the silly little silver dragon ring that was the first piece of jewelry Honey ever bought me and something I adored -- was gone. The pets were alive, terrified but safe. And my home was a bit worse for wear but reparable. Of course I miss my things, but it was not a devastating loss (just a bit damaging in terms of psyche, knowing that this was yet another home that, for a while at least, did not feel safe). So what thing would I value?
After much thought, I came up with two possibilities:
And of course my furry babies. They are not possessions, but I am not going anywhere without them.