lessons from cherice’s story
It’s not the news anyone would want to get on Christmas morning—or ever! But for my friend, Cherice, it’s what happened last year. She and her family were out of town for Christmas when they got a call that their house had been broken into.
Along with the annoyance and trouble of having possessions stolen, Cherice lost some irreplaceable things, as well. In her closet, she had tote bag where she kept journals written during her pregnancy with her daughter Emmry along with two years of monthly letters she had written to her. She was good about keeping everything in one place and was planning to transfer all the notes into a Shutterfly book. But, unfortunately, during the break-in, the thieves used the bag to shove things into. They didn’t take it for what was inside and, sadly, probably had no idea what was in there, but now it is gone. Thoughts, feelings, memories, emotions she had recorded were gone just like that.
Cherice felt sad, angry, and depressed over the loss, but eventually felt peace, gratitude, and blessed that she didn’t lose Emmry. She also was so kind to reach out to me and wanted me to share with all of you what she learned from the ordeal.
She learned that it’s great to put all your papers + photos in one place, but she recommends putting them IN albums and backing things up on the computer. Natural disasters, fires, burglars—while they are not fun—they are all a possible part of life. And if you happen to be lucky enough to have a little warning, it’s easier to grab an album or a hard drive than it is to gather up piles of papers scattered everywhere.
Let’s use Cherice’s experience as a reminder to back things up or to transfer things that you are planning to do someday. Do it before “someday” is too late.
Note: In a recent Good Life post written by my brother Kevin, a guru of all things techie, many of you asked him questions related to backing up data, photos, etc. You can find his answers and what you need to know about backing things up here.