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Over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing. Perhaps I have mellowed a bit since becoming a prepper because these days, I prefer to look at the rosy side of life and life’s events. I have learned, as I am sure you have, that less is more, material goods are just stuff, and that nothing beats a belly full of good food and a hug from someone who loves you.
With that introduction, today I would like to reflect a bit on life as I view it in the here and now. I will start with something that Albert Einstein said.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
I love that quote. Waking up each morning with the capacity to think, feel, share, and love is truly a miracle. To add to that, as humans, most of us soldier on and strive to become better world citizens regardless of our fears and the chaos around us.
As someone who prepares for a disruptive event, you have your own miracles going. You are learning skills to make things and to build things. You are becoming dependent upon your garden and your pantry instead of the supermarket. And finally, you are establishing relationships with like-minded members of your community that will watch your back as you watch theirs if the worse should ever happen.
None of us would do this if we did not feel a sense of personal hope and optimism for the future. As much as we dread what may be coming, we care about living, surviving and being the best we can be.
And that to me, is the miracle of Thanksgiving.
The Final Word
As you gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, I encourage you to reflect upon the good that is happening in your life and to count up those little miracles around you however small and seemingly insignificant. And equally important, I hope you will give thanks and be grateful for all that you have and not fret about what you have not.
My heart is full today as I think about how far you each have come. I know this from your comments and, emails and even if you do not contact me directly, in my heart of hearts, I know you are standing tall and are ready to live the rest of your life with an abundance of gumption and spirit.
My wish is for you to continue to thrive, to be well and to be safe.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Below you will find links to a few of my favorite items in the 2014 Backdoor Survival Holiday Gift Guide.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries, and no moving parts to wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster: There have been so many great books released this year that picking the best one for gift giving was difficult. I have selected Prepper’s Blueprint because it represents a soup to nuts approach to preparedness while at the same time sets aside both fear and panic.
Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. Yes, it really works, even under solar power.
SE BT20 9-Volt Battery Tester: I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester. Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week.
Survivor Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife with Fire Starter: This knife measures 7 inches long overall, has a full-tang stainless steel blade, is equipped with thick green cord-wrap handle and has a nylon sheath plus a magnesium-alloy fire starter. How well does it work? This is not a Kershaw, Gerber or other high-quality blades. On the other hand, the fire starter works great (better than great) and is worth the price entire set.
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