"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest
appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live them."
---John F. Kennedy
For the November Challenge by Debe Maxwell, CRS on the topic of Gratitude, something I wanted to write about was my gratitude for Firefighters. For those who have read many of my previous posts from years past or comments to individuals who wrote about fires, may recall I am a survivor of many fires (more than two) lucky enough to only suffer from smoke inhalation while pregnant and some scrapes and bruises while being carried out of a hotel window by a fireman, and years later my house and possessions burned. But I changed my mind this morning when I read a comment on my blog post Check Your Smoke Detectors because long-time and valuable ActiveRainer/Counsel Wayne Martin made a comment "Why is something so important so easy to forget?" I decided to dedicate this post to Wayne who inspired me to write this blog post today.
Important things people forget
Babies left inside a car - how does this happen? The tragedy of babies suffocating inside a hot car all alone due to negligence is something I can't find any rational excuse for except to say the parent didn't care about their child but felt remorse when caught to save their own skin.
Replacing batteries and/or old Smoke Detectors - Neglecting to change and/or replace old smoke alarms or worse not having any installed may be a criminal offense. Be sure to check what the law is and what your Property Insurance Policy states regarding smoke detectors and fires.
Keys, important papers, valuables, etc. - I can tell you for sure that in case of an emergency you don't have time to hunt for things, or you may not even be home when fire starts. For example, when it's time to report an inventory list of things you lost to the Insurance Company trying to remember is the hardest thing to do when you're left in ashes. Things I wish I knew but didn't when fire destroyed includes: 1) Serial Numbers, 2) Spare keys left with someone I could trust, 3) A Safety Deposit Box with contents, receipts, photographs, and list of things of high priority and valuable.
Pets - Make sure pets are wearing a collar with correct contact information and that their microchip is current.
Why Do People Forget
- We take things for granted
- We lose focus
- We are addicted to interruptions
- We think we'll get to things later
- We think we have time but we don't
- We shift priorities
- We are too busy
- We have a zillion excuses without thinking of consequences
This is a page I salvaged from a book I had from a fire.
May you never have to experience tragedy or fire.