Traditionally, December 25th is a day that is filled with sharing. There are the gifts, the food, and the drink – all of which are shared with family and friends. For many, there is also the religious and spiritual meaning of the day. But even if you do not celebrate Christmas Day per se, there is something else. Something that is important to all of us
I am referring to the the message of optimism, hope and grace that we all carry within us.
Now there are those that will say that a true Prepper needs to stand up, take charge and and forget about all of that fluffy stuff. To them, it is guns, ammo, extreme OPSEC and an “every man (or woman) is on their own” attitude. Clearly, that is not what I am about and neither is this website.
As a community, I hope and pray that those of us here on Backdoor Survival – and that includes you – understand that being optimistic and having hope is what will allow us to prevail when faced with a crisis, however large or small. Sickness, unemployment, a natural disaster or a breakdown in society; these are things that we can handle if we truly believe things can and will get better.
And then there is grace. Living a simple, yet pleasant life that is filled with consideration, thoughtfulness, goodness and virtue will give us the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing the right thing and that our hearts are full of abundant love. And who could ask for more than that?
The Final Word
I was sincere when I said that my holiday message to you is one of optimism, hope and grace. This is what I want for you and what I want for myself and those that I love.
That said, I hope you will take a few moments today to reflect upon the year that is almost over and to look forward to a time when these very important beliefs are universal – a day when trust and confidence are back in our lives and the world is once again at peace.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: If you have some holiday cash burning a hole in your pocket, consider some of my personal favorites.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) claimed that these work great. So I bought one. Then I bought another. All told, I now have 8 of these spread out in drawers, in emergency kits, the car, everywhere. This is my number one pick for a small, but effective flashlight.
Spark Naturals Essential 4 Pack: Lately I have had to refrain myself from posting more articles about essential oils. I may even add a section to the Sunday Survival Buzz; the results have been that amazing. For today, I will simply recommend that you get some and start to incorporate them into your daily life. A good starter kit is the Essential 4 Pack that includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint. These are your go-to oils although I feel that Rosemary should also be in your starter kit. If you decide to give Spark Naturals a try, be sure to use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount.
Aqua Vessel Tritan Filter Water Bottle with Flip Straw & 100 Gallon Filter: This is water bottle I find myself carrying around the house. I take it on hikes and I take it to bed (really!). I love this water bottle and the water you drink from this bottle will taste good! (I reviewed it here.)
12 Color Pack Bandana – Assorted Colors: This is another current favorite of mine. They are the cure all for a bad-hair day (and I am not to proud to own up to caring about that) and useful for lots of other things include a bandage or a sling when nothing else is available. If you are curious, be sure to read How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day.
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Baking my own bread has become a game changer for me and this is the book that started it all. If you are not already doing so, you absolutely must start baking bread from scratch in 2014.
This month Emergency Essentials has a couple of breakfast combo packs on sale. The breakfast combos include 6 cans of popular breakfast foods from both Mountain House and Provident Pantry.
In addition, all of the Gamma Seal Lids are discounted to $6.49 each. I use gamma lids exclusively with my buckets and appreciate the convenience of simply unscrewing the top to get in and out of my buckets without pinching my fingers (or worse) in the process.
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