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What would you take with you?

Thoughtful questions about life and love.
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Ron Atchison
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Post by Ron Atchison » November 16, 2008, 11:53 am

We've all heard the expression 'You can't take it with you when you die.' But... what if you could?

If, upon death, you were allowed to bring three material things with you to the next life, what would these three things be?
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Post by Ron Atchison » November 16, 2008, 12:15 pm

I might as well go first since I've been thinking about this all morning... ;-)

Now I'm sure my every need will be taken care of in the next life but the truth is I've grown very attached to a few things here on earth, like my old Volkswagen Vanagon Van (Weekender Edition) that I love to drive up and down the California coast. But they probably won't have gas stations where I'm going so maybe I better leave the van here and bring the following:

1. My old Marin mountain bike which, since 1994 has become one of my best and most reliable friends.

2. My guitar that I still can't play that well but it doesn't seem to mind.

3. A picture book with photos of everyone I've loved and everyone who's ever loved me back.

What would you bring? ;-)

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Post by Ames » November 23, 2008, 10:01 pm

Hrmm this is an interesting question but I suppose if I could....

1.) I have an OLD UGLY Blanket my grandmother made out of little boys cotton knit shirts. ITs really only suitable for use as a camp quilt but I have used it for a long time and its very warm and soft.

2.) My Engagement...I know they say its really the sentiment that counts and ti is...But I am quite attached to it. ITs hard to take it off even for my ceramics class.

3.)Woolen socks...:P my feet are always gold and teht are comfortable

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Post by Celtic Warrior » November 23, 2008, 11:59 pm

indeed an interesting question. especially since I sense that the words material and posession may have nothing to do with the next life. and maybe nothing to do with this life either! :p but, what the heck - life is endless possibilities and sometimes ya gotta play with the game you are currently in :D: :D: so here is what I would take

a PC so I could email inspiration Peak from the other side!!!

Taytos (again, only mammy would understand :D: )

Good Australian Sav Blanc!!!


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Post by flyingrabbit » December 16, 2008, 2:04 am

i would bring

1. My rosary neclace which my aunt gave me from Vatican and a bible.

2. My yellow livestrong bracelet, which i've been wearing for more than 2 years, which represents my commitment to live for the poor, the sick, the forgotten.

3. My little pillow which has accompanied me since i was born till now =D

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Post by C » December 26, 2008, 9:21 am

I will think of this all day...... good food for thought.
I had a experience a few years ago that reminds me of this. If it were death, I wouldn't get to bring people, so I shall ponder, but for now.....

Once I had to leave my life, literally.
I left it all behind and took these with me........

1- my two small children (love)

2- my Bible (light)

3- pictures (memories)

I left it all for 40 days. It was an acute lesson in that we do not need all of our 'stuff.' I had safety and these 3 things and I was grateful for them. Miraculously, everything was all returned to me. I can see that I had to release everything in order to truly receive it .

This is a great way in which a challenge can be a blessing. What was hard then has enhanced the 'now.'
I appreciate everything much more that I had before.

You can't appreciate food unless you have ever been truly hungry. You can't appreciate shelter unless you have been out in the weather. You truly appreciate all that you have when you have lost it all.

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Post by Lion~* » January 23, 2009, 11:09 pm

a gold key to the heart of love

photos of those I love

my laptop... it contains my soul written out
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart...William Wordsworth

Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. - William Thackeray

The bottom line, especially for my character,
is the issue of unconditional love.”
Matthew Weeden

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Post by lupinelinda » January 27, 2009, 3:52 pm

oooowwww Good question! I'm not one for material possessions, so I need to think about this a bit.

Like several of you, I would want a book of photos of those I love.

I would have to take my World Poetry Book for the beauty of the written word.

And finally, my plants (if I could only take one, I guess it would be the orchard because after three years, it is finally blooming!) The plants would be a reminder of the natural beauty of this existence.

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Post by mwzephyr » April 21, 2009, 9:19 am

I would bring my first dog Whiskers if I could,
I would bring all the love that has ever been given me by
and I would like to bring the ring my brother gave me long ago- as a touchstone to him... :D:
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Post by Fabulous Future » April 21, 2009, 10:31 am

Well as always a tough question pictures seem to be treasured by all.

At the moment I have emptied out most of my parents's home (equally re-filled by my stuff) and know to my core that "the stuff" isn't important but wow do I ever have a time sorting it and either throwing out or giving it away.

1. My family
2. my crochet hook & wool, my paint brush & paints
3. My bed.

Even this is hard - if it were an emergency like someone else has replied about - at this moment at my home there is only the 2 of us:
I would take
1. My mother
2. Medicine
3. Food
4. car
5. purse - with id and money
6. Pictures
7. (my crochet hoook and wool and my paint brish and paints
8. my cd player
9. my cell phone and charger

Oh my I guess I better start an emergency kit for the here and now

But HEAVEN - wow I guess I would be pleased just to get in!!!
Life is hard by the yard
Life is a cinch by the inch
by my Dad

Be Glad of Life
because it gives you
the chance to love
and to work and to play
and to look up to the stars
by Henry Van Dyke

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