Some days, I have a very short fuse. Call it stress, age, or simply disgust at the world situation, but the smallest things can set me on a rant. As a prepper, these feelings are a bit troublesome given that in a true emergency, rants and temper tantrums will have no place. It will be survival that counts.
Do you remember a time when you could handle a lot more than you can now? I do. The bottom line is that life is simply more complicated now than twenty or thirty years ago. We are bombarded daily with hundreds of texts, emails, social media, pop-up ads, and visual content everywhere. The number of gizmos we have is insane, and there is the expectation that you respond immediately to each ping whether you know where it came from or not.
Some days it is all too much and I say that from a position of being in the thick of it all. Information overload is causing all of us to be in “alert and respond” mode rather than “think and plan” mode. When is the last time you had some quality quiet time? For me, it has been so long that I cannot remember.
So what does this have to do with prepping? It is important that we put into perspective the fact that our preparedness efforts constitute a special form of insurance. Although we may never need our preps for their stated purpose, the food, water, and carefully honed skills will never go to waste. You certainly can’t say that about your car insurance that is use or lose (and if we are careful drivers, mostly lose).
I have two pieces of strategic living advice for your today.
1. Celebrate the small victories you achieve in meeting your preparedness goals. They are just as important as the large victories. Perhaps more so because they occur more frequently.
2. Learn to be at peace when doing nothing at all. The Italians have a saying, “Il dolce far niente” or “the sweetness of doing nothing”. I learned this phrase when I was in Italy in 2006 but believe it became popular in the movie Eat, Pray, Love.
I may have mentioned that I miss the sea and forest on San Juan Island and am counting the days until I return home. I love it’s peacefulness and that it is conducive toward stepping away from technology and immersing into nothingness for a while. That is my safe haven.
I challenge you to find yours. It is the first step you must take toward living a strategic life.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
A few weeks ago Jeff shared this tip. If you are struggling to come up with enough cash for your prepping gear and are in a position to take on a part time job, this might work for you.
I just recently had to relocate due to a family health issue and so I am “Starting over” in a new place. To get some cash flow going, I took a part time job with a big box outdoor sporting goods store. (My store is NOT one of the following – but I assume that this situation would be the same at Cabelas, Dicks, REI, etc)
Even though I am only part time, I am required to take web hosted, brand specific, training modules to gain product knowledge on things that they sell. Much of it is optional, though you are encouraged to continually train, and you can take the modules at home, on your own time….Lots of brands…
Here is the point…
As you take each of these training modules you qualify for BIG discounts on the brand’s items that you complete. I’m talking often as much as 50-60% sometimes! You have to purchase through the training site and they ship to the employer, and there is not always the same selection as the public web page but it is still VERY good.
So if someone is looking to majorly jumpstart their preps, consider taking a part time job at one of the types of facilities, and use the part time income to get more or better preps.
This sounds like something that is worth checking out.
Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #11
Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival.
Chapter 11 – Your Evacuation Plan: Ready, Set, Go
Tip: Please be aware of families in your neighborhood who have elderly or disabled family members and may need help in evacuation. Talk with them ahead of time to make sure they have a plan in place and whether or not you should be a part of that plan. We should work together with our neighbors as a team during a crisis.
Tip: When deciding on an emergency contact to include on your children’s school forms, think of someone who lives close to the school and who would be able to walk and pick up your child in the event that roads were closed and you or someone living farther out were unable to get there.
That about wraps things up for Linda’s tips. To learn more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.
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The Final Word
It bears repeating that living a strategic life is, in the long run, an important piece of the survival puzzle. I wrote about such a life in an eBook, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, co-authored with George Ure a number of years back. As with many things, it is in need an update and a facelift but for now, that will have to wait.
I sense a turning of the corner in preparedness and prepping. More and more people are coming on board at least in some small way, and fewer pundits are making fun of us. I did, however, note that Daymond John on Shark Tank is interested in “this space”. That speaks to the commercialism of the niche. Investors smell money.
Still, it is good to no longer be called crazy even though we may do so among ourselves.
That is wrap for me. What about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: I carry my portable survival kit whenever I leave the house. The nice thing about it is that it fits neatly in a pocket, day pack, glove box, or handbag. If you are interested in more details or need assistance building your own kit, see 8 Essential Items: The Perfect Portable Survival Kit.
In the meantime, here are some items you should consider carrying with you as you travel near and afar.
BIC Classic Lighters (12): A dozen full size BIC lighters at a bargain price with free shipping. Don’t forget to test them to ensure they work!
Paracord Lanyard: I prefer a paracord lanyard over a bracelet because I can use it’s clip to attach my whistle as well as other items that I may want to add from time to time such as a second flashlight, a Swiss army knife, pepper spray, or a flash drive (thumb drive).
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V 6 LED Flashlight: I own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds. I love my cheapie whistles but this is the one I would depend on for wilderness survival.
Lavender Essential Oil: This is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. My favorite lavender oil is from Spark Naturals. Enjoy a 10% discount with code BACKDOORSURVIVAL.
Rectangular Tin with Window: I found this tin that is very similar to mine on Amazon.com. Chances are you have something similar already that can be repurposed for free.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: Too large for a pocket kit but important to have with you is the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter. At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag. It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.
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