What Is Your Most Prized Possession in Life

Finding what you should love most in life that you cannot afford to lose

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Girl showing her most prized possession in her hands

What is your most prized possession? Well, it would be something that you may not ever want to lose, or things that make you feel happy, lucky, special, and superior, right?

This question may make some of you think of your latest gizmos, mobiles, laptops, cars, jewelry, and so on. Mostly our prized possessions are materialistic objects.

They need not be new, as your treasured possession could also be an old object, even an antique or ancestral object.

Of course, that is the default thinking everyone has, myself included. Your prized possessions are always worldly things, and there is nothing wrong in that.

These objects help you associate with special memories, certain events, or a specific time period of your life.

They are not just material objects but have a symbolic significance that often change your mood, make you feel good or sentimental, or even inspire or motivate you.

What Most People Consider as Prized Possessions

My wife, Harleena, treasures the things passed on to her by her mother, of which some were passed on to her mother – by her mother.

I keep some notes that I wrote as a teenager and get nostalgic when I read them. It takes me back in the past and makes me marvel at the development of my thoughts and identity.

There are also people who are possessive about their specific body parts that attract others. These prized possessions become a source of pride, self-esteem, and confidence to them.

Some value other people or relationships more than material objects. For example, a mother may consider her child as the most prized possession.

You start valuing your relationships as you grow up and your focus of possession becomes more abstract than material.

You may also find people who are possessive about the recognitions they get from the community, their status, and titles that they add to their names.

So it more or less zeros down to things, people, body, and name that people generally consider as the most prized possessions.

That’s all okay. Such considerations are good if they are helpful.

However, if you observed, most possessions that we consider as special are related to our mental qualities and recollections.

Therefore, it is necessary that you need to be mentally healthy in order to acknowledge the special status of your possessions.

Really, these prized possessions would render useless if you cannot relate to them. They would be meaningless if you are not in a state to remember or value them.

Considering these aspects, your real prized possessions may be something else that you probably take for granted.

They are your mind and memory.

Now, probably this sounds way too simple, stupid, or even a satire.

However, the fact is that your mind and memory are the two prized possessions you have without which you cannot function normally.

Let’s learn what happens when you lose what you consider as your most prized possession.

“You cannot cherish your possessions if you do not have a sound mind and good memory.” (Tweet this)

A girl sad after losing her prized possession

What Happens When You Lose Your Prized Possession

Whatever your possessions are, whether materialistic or not, you can lose them.

When you lose your material possessions, it might hurt you. However, you get over it soon and may get back the things with money.

If you lose your status or title, it may lower your prestige or damage your reputation. You can always work and earn back your lost name and fame.

Your prized possessions or treasures in form of people are hard to get back once lost. It takes lots of time to recover from this loss, but eventually you get back to your life.

You can re-acquire things, rebuild relationships, restructure your specific body parts, and re-work to earn name and fame.

But what happens if you lose your mind or your memory?

Losing Your Mind and Memory

If you lose your mind or memory, then you cannot use or enjoy your things, relationships, body, or the fame that you had acquired.

Do you now realize why these should be your most prized possessions?

Of course, your life itself is most valuable, but we’re discussing about the most valuable things within your life.

You can do without some of your body parts or senses. But without your mind, the ruler or controller of your senses, you’re good for nothing – even with all the senses intact.

Your entire identity hangs by the thread of your memory. Lose your memory and you lose your name, fame, achievements, accolades, and relations.

In that state, your bank balance also becomes irrelevant because you probably won’t even be able to sign your checks, or even understand the value of money.

Losing your mind or memory may cause you to suffer a permanent damage, irreparable loss, or terminal illness leading to disablement.

You just CANNOT afford to lose them – simply because it is not easy to regain them.

I also thought of adding money and then making it the vital 3Ms in life. But then you can always regain or re-earn money – it’s lack or loss will make your life difficult but you’d still be yourself. Wouldn’t you?

I hope you’re not running blindly after money and risking your most valuable possessions.

The greatest danger of losing your mind and memory is that you lose your identity.

Strange, isn’t it? The whole life you work hard and make all the efforts to create your identity, which in fact and indirectly becomes your most prized possession.

But when you lose your memory, you forget who you are, who your relations are, and what is the value of things that you possess.

When you lose your mind, you retain your memory and the senses, but may not be able to use them to make them enjoyable and meaningful to you.

Harleena has written a post about losing your mind that will help you realize the importance of mind.

I want you to read that post, reflect upon the topic, and discuss in this forum.

My next post will be on the ways to take care of your most prized possessions – your mind and memory.

I want you to enjoy and value your life and help preserve your identity by leading a mentally and physically active and healthy life.

The purpose of my post was to remind you of the reality, make you aware, and help you to be happy.

Having said all this, it isn’t bad to consider your grandpa’s pen or your mother’s necklace as prized possessions, but the crown for the most prized possession may go elsewhere. What do you think?

Share Your Thoughts –

What are your most prized possessions in life?

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  1. Lynne

    January 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

    You are absolutely correct. Now that I had time to think about things, I agree that the mind and the memory is your most prized possession. A loved one had alzheimer’s disease and him having not recognizing me was painful but thinking what he might be going through was even more so. Knowing what your values are, what is important to you and having the memories of family and friends are truly your most prized possessions.

  2. Rohan Chaubey

    November 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Vinay Sir,
    Whenever if someone asked me before to list my most prized possessions I would immediately talk about my precious, costly and rare materials I possess. But after reading this post and Harleena mam’s post I think I will possess my 5 senses – the most.

    You have rightly stated that mind and memory are and should be the most prized possessions of our life because even if we lose our apple products it can be purchased back again, but if we lose our mind and memory our life will come to a point where we won’t be able to feel and think about anything.

    I loved the to read how important it is to take control of our mind and memory. And what happens when we tend to lose them.

    That was an outstanding post and something we all need to follow and realize. Thanks 🙂

  3. Vasan

    September 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Very nice to read this article,

    In my opinion everything that amuses us without the application or may be intervention of money are priceless deeds to cherish.

    In other terms if you are “not materialistic” money can play only the role of timesaver..

    All other things/events need time investment..mmm and time is priceless.

  4. Catherine Cavanaugh

    September 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Mine is actually a collection of every greeting card I’ve ever been given since I can remember… in an effort to capture something you cannot hold in your hand. A moment, a feeling, words that will bring that sensation back, front and center and remind me why I was so important to ONE person at ONE moment.

  5. archana

    September 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Hello Vinay Sir,
    After reading your each post,I always learned new aspects. Really a great post. Always eager read your posts.

  6. Emmanuel

    August 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Hello Mr. Kachhara,

    I never knew you were married to Madam Harleena until I saw this in the post; ‘My wife, Harleena,….’ wow! that’s great. It is nice meeting you.

    Can I please move back to the issue on board? Pardon me for being inquisitive. Hahaha!
    You couldn’t have said it anyway better other than this. Many would have said they valued their life the most but what is life when the mind and memory aren’t working?

    Thanks for this and please do have a great week. Please my regards to your wife and Mother of Blogging.

  7. Amadeuz Jacob

    July 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Possession is one of the words that never can be defined.

    Just as you said, sometimes a lot of people think it’s deals to have a lot of material things such as devices like laptops, tablets, or even an iPhone.

    Well, that’s not true. Sometimes even a rich man can feel he has nothing in this life, but also sometimes poor man is enjoying life to the fullness.

    I agree with your thoughts about this article.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Keep rockin’,

    Amadeuz

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com

  8. Bruno Buergi

    July 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Interesting article. Life gets really difficult when you loose your memory. I followed one of the famous skier from Switzerland how hard it was to recover from an accident where he lost his memory. It was hard work to get back.

  9. Jagbir Sandhu

    July 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hey Vinay,

    I’m a new reader and happy to have found you.
    These are great tips – thank you. I’m impressed by your blogging.
    Thanks for the tips and I look forward to reading more posts in the future!

    Excellent blog, Thanks so much for sharing

  10. Shivkumar

    July 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hello Vinay Sir,

    I have become fan of your articles even though its a second article on Aha! Now.

    While going through this article, each and every lines were making me node my head to say that yes Vinay sir is right.

    Now a day people including me are focusing only on materialistic life they are not even aware about the most prized possessed by them for which they must look at and take care of it.

    Even though for me my family and friends are the most prized possess because even if I lose my mental stability they will be always there to take care of me at all time, but still I completely agree with your point that our mind are one of the most prized possess in our life to which we must take care of.

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome explanation.

    >SK Lohar

  11. petertuccitto

    July 25, 2014 at 12:31 am

    This is a great article and something I strive to emulate. I have only been blogging for 2.5 months and write personal introspective pieces. I just signed up for DoSplash, but the only category my work seems to fit in is other. Should I consider this site and abandon DoSplash or do both. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate any help you can give.

  12. Lorraine Marie Reguly

    July 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I recently obtained an autographed copy of one of Lisa Jackson’s books. She’s been a favourite author of mine for as long as I can remember. Thanks to blogging and social media, I was able to connect with her online. In fact, SHE responded to a blog post I wrote, which basically said that I’d be willing to do an exchange: a review and blog post in exchange for an autographed copy of a book! 🙂 How cool is THAT? 😉

  13. Lewis LaLanne

    July 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Your perspective, Vinay, partially coincides with a belief of mine which is that Alert Attention is the mother of all intelligence. Alert Attention is our most valuable asset as what we put our alert attention to, expands. With my believing this, I trust that if I lost my memory, I’d be okay with it as long as I retained my ability to be, to be in the now, to be the part of me that is beyond memory.

    Thank you for making me think about this topic that deserves more attention than I’ve been giving it lately. It reminds me of the advice I learned from a memory expert that said learning other languages and using your non-dominant hand are two things you can put your alert attention to that help you build a more resilient mind.

    Time to go dust off my Rosetta Stone French course and start using my left hand for my silverware. 🙂

  14. Dr. Diana

    July 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    Some times we walk without any track. If train will not run on their tracks then it will never reach at their destination. So, we should also make our mind so creative with the help of normal activities. Morning walk, sports, puzzles etc keep our mind fresh and sharp. We should give our 100% then we can get %75-80.

    ~Diana Hardy

  15. Adrienne

    July 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hey Vinay,

    Good to see you again and this is an interesting topic.

    When you put it this way then I can definitely see that losing your mind would be the worst thing because of how valuable it is and we really are no one without it.

    Luckily though most people will never have this issue and those that do have absolutely no control over it. My sister-in-law’s mother had Alzheimer’s and passed away last year. She was only in her mid 70’s and it was really really sad to watch her sink into a shell of the person she use to be. She didn’t know any of us, didn’t recognize us at all. It’s a horrible way to leave this earth.

    I can say my family is blessed that no one that we’re aware of has ever had it. I hear it skips a generation so I don’t see this being an issue for me. I like to just add that although I don’t view my family as a possession they are the most important things to me over anything else in this world.

    It will be interesting to read your follow up.

    I hope you and Harleena are having a wonderful week and thank you again for this topic.

    ~Adrienne




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