This past week I was teaching a yoga class and my quote was,
"Be careful of getting too attached to your possessions, if you do they can take on a whole new meaning; they will own you instead of you owning them."
What I did not realize while I was saying this quote, was that my home was being burglarized. My 650-pound executive vault safe was pushed through my 2nd floor sliding door, and then pushed through the railing, where it opened upon hitting the ground in my back yard. Broken glass, tiles and destruction were everywhere.
Thankfully except for a few items that my grandfather had given me, the thieves left disappointed. I am not into jewelry and material things, but they still managed to do about $25,000 in damage to my property.
As I cleaned up I could not avoid feeling violated. Pictures of my children and other memories were scattered across my back yard. I had kept them in the safe for protection.
They say, "Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength."
The week was chaotic, dealing with detectives, insurance adjusters and the alarm company, but I asked myself what could I learn from the experience?
Would I get bitter or instead use the destruction and failure as a springboard for change and growth? My experience forced me to face complacencies that I had allowed to seep into my life.
The greatest lesson was that I do not truly own anything except my knowledge and education, which cannot be taken away. Physical possessions come and go; we are only borrowing them for the short period of time they are with us.