Thomas Edison’s teachers …told his mom he was “too stupid to learn.” His attempts to build a light bulb failed a thousand times. When he finally succeeded, a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention …with 1,000 steps.”
To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it – this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.
Sir Walter Scott
In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
Dr. Albert Bandura
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
President Thomas Jefferson
Between work, family, church, more work, and life in general, it can be hard to prepare for hard times. Both the desire to be prepared and the (ever increasing) need to be prepared is certainly there, but the pressures of life can make it too easy to “do it tomorrow” or put your prepping strategy on the back-burner. I’m going to tell you how you can do one thing for preparedness and you will soon be well on your way to preparedness and being more self reliant.
A common mistake of many starting preppers is to try to be 100% preparedness right NOW! It’s not possible.. so relax and start simply. When people do a serious assessment of their personal and family readiness, it is easy to become frightened and want to feel safe without any delay.
Prepography is a discipline – a marathon, not a sprint!
Yes, given enough money, you can buy a range of supplies and other goods that will make you feel comfortable or take a bunch of classes to acquire the skills you feel you lack. Given enough time and money, I could be Batman. The key is to make your personal preparedness part of your life – a discipline that seems as natural as walking (which you should be doing as well).
So, instead of going on a mad-dash to stock up for the end of the world, may I suggest doing one thing. Just one little thing. Do this one thing for a week until it’s just part of normal activity. Once it becomes normal, pick another thing that can become part of your normal activities. Each little step you take to develop your personal and family readiness builds on itself. You will be growing your preparedness.
Here are a few things that you can do TODAY: Continue reading
Just focus! The Alliance said they were gonna waltz through Serenity Valley. And we choked ‘em with those words. We’ve done the impossible, and that makes us mighty. Just a little while longer. Our angels are gonna be soaring overhead, raining fire on those arrogant Khags. So you hold.
Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds to what’s left of his men, after an explosion in the opening scene of Joss Whedon’s Firefly Pilot Episode “Serenity” (watch for free if you’re a Netflix subscriber)