“Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?”
Questions like this are incredibly important. They force you to take a true account of the crap that you fill your life with, the distractions that you allow and the false sense of value that you place on things that can be destroyed or taken away in a moments notice. Only the Egyptians believed that you could take stuff with you into the afterlife. Look how well that worked out for them. :-\ In most world religions there is a strong lesson in learning to let go of “stuff” in favor of anything that brings true meaning and value to your life.
If I were to be truly honest here, not one single thing. If I assume my wife and children are safe, the rest of it can burn to ash and blow away. If I were to think practically, I’d grab my cell phone, my laptop and a change of clothes. But, again, to be honest, as long as my family is safe there isn’t one thing I’d risk my health grabbing in a fire or any other natural disaster. For the rest, I’ll let George Carlin do the talking. 🙂