The situation given for this week’s blog assignment is one that has never happened to me, but I’m sure many people around the world can relate to. If catastrophe were to strike and I could keep three culturally-relevant items, they would be my Bible, my wedding ring, and a family photo album.
These three items represent significant meaning in my life. The Bible embodies the importance of my faith and deepening my relationship with Jesus Christ. My wedding ring signifies my most important earthly relationship. Lastly, a family photo albums exemplifies the memories, love, and support provided by my family.
If I were told to only keep a single item, I’m sure I would feel confused and angry. I can only imagine that it would feel as though parts of me were being wrongfully taken away and abandoned. I’m sure I would feel frustrated and upset that these items could no longer stay with me.
I think a major insight I have gained through completing this reflection is the realization that some of the things I hold most dear to my life are some of the things I also often take for granted the most. While these things are tangible, material items, they are definitely items of meaning and significance in my life, but the nearest and dearest parts of my life and of my culture are the people in it. My husband and my family are the most important. While it would be frustrating and confusing to have to give up the tangible items in my life, it would be devastating to give up any of these people, these treasured pieces of my life. However, this is often a situation people around the world find themselves in whether it be after a major catastrophe or immigrating, it is a powerful reminder to be mindful of these situations and specifically these families we may be servicing that have been through or are currently dealing with trauma like this.