about four months ago, i received a phone call from my wife. she was a bit frantic and said that something wasn't right at our home. she opened the back door, saw dog food all over the floor and the living room seemed a bit out of order. she grabbed our dog, who was sitting on the couch, and left.
i immediately headed for home. it seemed that we were burglarized.
upon entering the home, i armed myself and then did a quick walk-through in our home. the hardest hit part of our home was our master bedroom. a couple of the kids' rooms were burglarized, but not as bad as the master bedroom.
the master bedroom was a complete disaster; wrecked, overturned drawers, broken glass window, broken perfume glass - it was very shocking. one window was broken and another was left wide open. i don't wish anyone to go through this experience - it's very violating.
after the initial shock, my wife and i began to count our blessings:
no one was home at the time; no one was hurt
our dog was unhurt (we've heard of burglars maiming or killing dogs)
our hard drives that had all our journals, documents and scanned pictures, were not stolen
and that was it. in a matter of a minute, we summed up what was most valuable to us, with regard to things we can touch.
a lot of jewelry, including my wife's wedding ring, was gone. i admit, those losses were painful. but a lot of the other stuff was not too painful to lose.
again, i don't wish anyone to go through this experience or something similar such as a house fire. but the idea of simply having everything taken away from you, is a good mental exercise. it helps a person to hone in on what truly is important in life. once you have identified that, focus on it and remove all the other distractions.
just a brief word about the external hard drives. i learned that had those hard drives been stolen, we would have lost of lot of personal documents and pictures. one of the first things i did after we recovered, was to buy an on-line back-up account. now, in the event the hard drives are stolen or destroyed, i will not lose those important files.