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Life could change in an instant
being cognizant of not taking things for granted
There were two house fires in the last few weeks each in which six houses burnt down. In the first house fire, six townhomes under construction burnt down. In the second case, five independent houses were under construction, and a sixth one which was occupied where people were living burnt down. Four houses were on one side of the road and the wind carried the embers in the air to ignite two houses on the opposite side of the road at 3 AM in the morning.
Life changed in an instant for people whose house burnt down and had to be evacuated. Precious items and irreplaceable artifacts of memories are lost. Never mind the challenges of finding a place to live, working with insurance, and rebuilding the house which might take two to three years, life is deeply disrupted forever. And it happened in an instant. One day everything seems stable and predictable and the next day it has evaporated.
Some live in disasters at large scales like earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, and war which I can’t even fathom or imagine. It is a reminder of the fragility of life and the reinforcement to be thankful for what we stably have every day of our lives.
'Complete writeoffs': Large fire in Burlington neighbourhood destroys 6 homes - https://www.insidehalton.com/news/complete-writeoffs-large-fire-in-burlington-neighbourhood-destroys-6-homes/article_a88f2bdb-68ec-58c4-90b5-a3c7a7491700.html
Early morning fire tore through new development in Burlington - https://www.burlingtontoday.com/local-news/early-morning-fire-tore-through-new-development-in-burlington-7430510