What is your most prized possession? Well, it would be something that you may not ever want to lose, or things that make you feel happy, lucky, special, and superior, right?
This question may make some of you think of your latest gizmos, mobiles, laptops, cars, jewelry, and so on. Mostly our prized possessions are materialistic objects.
They need not be new, as your treasured possession could also be an old object, even an antique or ancestral object.
Of course, that is the default thinking everyone has, myself included. Your prized possessions are always worldly things, and there is nothing wrong in that.
These objects help you associate with special memories, certain events, or a specific time period of your life.
They are not just material objects but have a symbolic significance that often change your mood, make you feel good or sentimental, or even inspire or motivate you.
My wife, Harleena, treasures the things passed on to her by her mother, of which some were passed on to her mother – by her mother.
I keep some notes that I wrote as a teenager and get nostalgic when I read them. It takes me back in the past and makes me marvel at the development of my thoughts and identity.
There are also people who are possessive about their specific body parts that attract others. These prized possessions become a source of pride, self-esteem, and confidence to them.
Some value other people or relationships more than material objects. For example, a mother may consider her child as the most prized possession.
You start valuing your relationships as you grow up and your focus of possession becomes more abstract than material.
You may also find people who are possessive about the recognitions they get from the community, their status, and titles that they add to their names.
So it more or less zeros down to things, people, body, and name that people generally consider as the most prized possessions.
That’s all okay. Such considerations are good if they are helpful.
However, if you observed, most possessions that we consider as special are related to our mental qualities and recollections.
Therefore, it is necessary that you need to be mentally healthy in order to acknowledge the special status of your possessions.
Really, these prized possessions would render useless if you cannot relate to them. They would be meaningless if you are not in a state to remember or value them.
Considering these aspects, your real prized possessions may be something else that you probably take for granted.
They are your mind and memory.
Now, probably this sounds way too simple, stupid, or even a satire.
However, the fact is that your mind and memory are the two prized possessions you have without which you cannot function normally.
Let’s learn what happens when you lose what you consider as your most prized possession.
“You cannot cherish your possessions if you do not have a sound mind and good memory.” (Tweet this)
What Happens When You Lose Your Prized Possession
Whatever your possessions are, whether materialistic or not, you can lose them.
When you lose your material possessions, it might hurt you. However, you get over it soon and may get back the things with money.
If you lose your status or title, it may lower your prestige or damage your reputation. You can always work and earn back your lost name and fame.
Your prized possessions or treasures in form of people are hard to get back once lost. It takes lots of time to recover from this loss, but eventually you get back to your life.
You can re-acquire things, rebuild relationships, restructure your specific body parts, and re-work to earn name and fame.
But what happens if you lose your mind or your memory?
Losing Your Mind and Memory
If you lose your mind or memory, then you cannot use or enjoy your things, relationships, body, or the fame that you had acquired.
Do you now realize why these should be your most prized possessions?
Of course, your life itself is most valuable, but we’re discussing about the most valuable things within your life.
You can do without some of your body parts or senses. But without your mind, the ruler or controller of your senses, you’re good for nothing – even with all the senses intact.
Your entire identity hangs by the thread of your memory. Lose your memory and you lose your name, fame, achievements, accolades, and relations.
In that state, your bank balance also becomes irrelevant because you probably won’t even be able to sign your checks, or even understand the value of money.
Losing your mind or memory may cause you to suffer a permanent damage, irreparable loss, or terminal illness leading to disablement.
You just CANNOT afford to lose them – simply because it is not easy to regain them.
I also thought of adding money and then making it the vital 3Ms in life. But then you can always regain or re-earn money – it’s lack or loss will make your life difficult but you’d still be yourself. Wouldn’t you?
I hope you’re not running blindly after money and risking your most valuable possessions.
The greatest danger of losing your mind and memory is that you lose your identity.
Strange, isn’t it? The whole life you work hard and make all the efforts to create your identity, which in fact and indirectly becomes your most prized possession.
But when you lose your memory, you forget who you are, who your relations are, and what is the value of things that you possess.
When you lose your mind, you retain your memory and the senses, but may not be able to use them to make them enjoyable and meaningful to you.
Harleena has written a post about losing your mind that will help you realize the importance of mind.
I want you to read that post, reflect upon the topic, and discuss in this forum.
My next post will be on the ways to take care of your most prized possessions – your mind and memory.
I want you to enjoy and value your life and help preserve your identity by leading a mentally and physically active and healthy life.
The purpose of my post was to remind you of the reality, make you aware, and help you to be happy.
Having said all this, it isn’t bad to consider your grandpa’s pen or your mother’s necklace as prized possessions, but the crown for the most prized possession may go elsewhere. What do you think?
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Vinay KachharaVinay Kachhara is a writer, designer, blogger, WordPress expert, teacher, and also considers himself as a lover and student of life. He has academic degrees in Education and Psychology, and presently manages Aha!NOW.
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What would you consider your most valuable possession? When I first asked myself this question, I went down the typical list of possibilities. We have a beautiful home. And I really like my car. Many envy my home theater and I take great pride in my extensive music collection. I don’t have much art or exotic jewelry.
Then I began to get more creative. What about my children or my wife? Those thoughts quickly passed when I remembered that the lease expires on children at the age of consent and the idea of possessing or owning a spouse is more creepy than tender. Perhaps I could say that I owned those relationships and that I’d worked hard to keep them positive. Again, that doesn’t seem right.
Most dictionaries define possession as a form of ownership. Most of the things that fall into that category are either bought or earned. And the term valuable, is normally used with relation to monetary exchange or at least to convey great importance. Perhaps the answer would be easier if I had purchased a few thousand shares of Microsoft stock when Bill Gates was getting started or created a more robust investment portfolio.
On further reflection, the answer to this question became self evident. In fact, the mere act of asking the question was a clue. My most valuable possession, without a doubt, is my education.
And I’m not talking School of Hard Knocks here. Nor am I talking about a few hundred books that I’ve read on my own. I’m talking about the formal education I got in grade school, high school, college and graduate institutions. Even though I did not fully appreciate this at the time, the things I learned there formed the foundation for everything I’ve done since leaving and all success that I have experienced to date.
As I’ve tried to explain to my children, a college diploma, no matter where it’s from, tells a potential employer at least one important thing. Each holder of such a document started a long and convoluted journey and finished what he or she started. Their rich and/or loving parents couldn’t buy it for them. They had to delay gratification, suspend disbelief and trudge through all the obstacles to complete the maze according to the rules of the institution that grants them accreditation. Granted, some schools are easier to get through than others. But, any completed college experience says something good about the degree holder, no matter what their GPA or caliber of school. Potential employers know this, but the graduate carries the confidence of achievement with them as well.
I am blessed to have two degrees supporting me. Both are in the same area – Organizational Communication. In school I was most fascinated studying how people talk to each other, and particularly how they talked to each other in a work setting with a shared business goal in mind. I had no idea how this form of focused inquiry would make me any money. I tried unsuccessfully to find a more market-friendly area in which to specialize, but in the end, I wound up being a generalist with a pair of liberal arts degrees. How could I have ever known that I would one day create a business where this would be my primary focus?
Since obtaining my Masters degree and heading out into the “Real World,” I have continued taking formal classes through work. And, of course, I have supplemented that with lots of reading, writing and self-study. This ability to think and write and speak that I worked so hard to develop in school is how I make my living today in the same way my brother, Ken, uses the diplomas he earned becoming a periodontist as the foundation of his dental specialty practice.
I was fortunate enough to get my formal college education quickly and immediately after high school. Many, particularly those who got an early start on their families, had to juggle work and school for much longer periods. Some even had to make the challenging leap from Non-Exempt to Exempt once they obtained their degrees because they opted to stay with their same companies. My good friend Nick obtained three degrees at night while working full time. He went from being a ditch digger to become Sr. Vice President of Operations for an international chemical company. Imagine the pride and confidence it gives you from achieving such a feat. What could you possibly ask Nick to do that would require greater effort or perseverance than that?
Unlike a car that depreciates or a piece of jewelry that can get lost, education is one possession that keeps on giving. If it’s not on or near the top of your list of most valuable possessions, my wish for you is that you will someday earn the right to put it there.
So what can you do to make education your most valuable possession? Consider taking the following actions:
- Invest in Your Own Education. Use your time and your company’s money to obtain degree or certification in an area that means something to you. If you have no company sponsor, look for other ways to fund your formal learning expedition. If it takes eight years, so be it. Had you started four years ago, you’d be half way done today.
- Don’t Stop Learning. If you’re fortunate enough to have a degree or three behind your name, congratulations. But please don’t rest on your decades old laurels. Information atrophies rapidly these days. What have you done recently to keep yourself up to date?
- Find Others to Learn With You. Most absorb information better through interaction. Even if you find it most convenient to pursue a degree online, seek out a partner or group of people to share your educational adventure with. You’ll learn more, faster, and it will be more fun!
- Appreciate What You Have. If the bulk of your current knowledge base comes from total immersion in the real world, don’t devalue what you’ve learned. Instead, supplement it with some strategic reading that gives theoretical foundation to your pragmatic experience.
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