Preparedness as a way to happiness and fulfillment.
Quote of the Day
“The past reminds us of timeless human truths and allows for the perpetuation of cultural traditions that can be nourishing; it contains examples of mistakes to avoid, preserves the memory of alternatives ways of doing things, and is the basis for self-understanding…”
Do I Have Old Timers? Part II
By Bev Sandlin
“WE HAVE ALREADY LIVED THROUGH
- Financial Collapse
- Domestic Terrorism
- International Terrorism
- Extraordinary Unemployment
- Double Digit Inflation
- More Wars than I can count on both hands
And we have survived.”
My quote from “Do I Have Old Timers” Part I
Seasoned Citizen Preppers is NOT about fear mongering. About a year ago I got back on the internet and found that homesteaders (me) had been lumped into a new movement called prepping. What was this! The more websites I hit the more fearful I became. I read books like “How to Survive The End of The World As We Know It” and started stockpiling blocks of salt and decks of cards… And then I hit the website reThinksurvival.com and found a saner voice in this whole prepping movement.
And, about six months ago I realized, “Ah, what is the big deal here? Keeping food back, preparing for basic emergencies and hard times, living without electricity or running water—hmmm, been there; done that.” And the fear left me…
Wars, riots in our cities, international and domestic terrorism—seen it all… Will the National Guard fire on civilians—Yup. Will the police fire on and bully citizens—Yup. Will our own government spray harmful chemicals on innocent school children and then study the affects? Yup—happened in Minneapolis in the ‘50s, documents were declassified about a decade ago.
And people wondered why I chose a homesteading, self-reliant, lifestyle—very odd, “hippy”, then…
All I am saying is that we have been there and done that and survived. Practical preparedness is what SCP is all about. Do not stockpile 24 blocks of salt—one is plenty. Do not buy a hundred decks of cards for “charity”, a couple is plenty. View your preps as simple “life insurance”.
I spend half my income, whether I like it or not, on insurance—health, car, house, death insurance… I now spend more on insurance than I do on taxes! And unless something very bad happens, I will NEVER get that money back. And if something bad does happen the insurance companies will just charge me more to make up for it.
Practical prepping is buying what you use ahead, on sale, so you can spend LESS money on what you use and ENJOY LIFE MORE! It is being prepared to be as self-reliant as possible. To confront any number of situations with assuredness, not fear. Prepping is feeling secure in your surroundings and in your skills to be able to help your family, friends and community if needed.
The side effect of preparing–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–is feeling secure. And that security will help you to live a happier, more productive, fulfilling life NOW. And today is all any of us have…
A smile for you…
American History 101
It was the first day of school and a new student, Suzuki, son of a Japanese businessman, entered the fourth grade class. The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history.
“Who said, ‘Give me Liberty or give me Death’ ?” She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Suzuki’s
“Patrick Henry 1775,” he said.
“Very good! Who said ‘…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth’?”
Again, no response, except from Suzuki. “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”
The teacher snapped, “Class, you should be ashamed. Suzuki, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.”
She heard a loud whisper, “Screw the Japs.”
“Who said that?” she demanded.
Suzuki raised his hand: “Lee Iacocca, 1982.”
At that point a student said, “I’m gonna puke.” The teacher glared and asked, “All right! Who said that?”
Suzuki says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”
Furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”
Suzuki jumps up waving his hand and shouts, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!”
With near mob hysteria, someone screams, “You little s**t. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.”
Suzuki yells, “Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001.”
At this, the teacher fainted. The class gathered around her.
One of the kids says, “Oh s**t, we’re in BIG trouble!”
Suzuki says, “Arthur Andersen, 2002.”
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