Turn off the Television.
There is no need to watch the vast majority of programming and ‘stuff’ put on it. If one needs to stay up to date on current events, search other places; the Internet, Talk to friends (hey, a great way to expand your ‘network’ and learn good stuff), etc… There is an old roman philosophy (by the politicians of the time): ‘Give them White Bread and the Circus.’ The purpose was to keep the masses mal-nourished and occupied so the citizens wouldn’t watch what the politicians were up to and revolt.
I mention this often. Why do we do the things we do? Are they helpful towards our goals? What are our Goals? Do we need to improve our goals?
Deeply examine your purchases and ‘necessities’.
Ask yourself: “Do I really need this?”. As you develop this philosophy, you will start seeing your priorities change for the better. Things to migrate away from include:
Processed food. Go natural. It might sound sort of ‘hippy’, but there is a big ‘kick’ out there to go green and healthy. Start there. Perhaps modify your current diet to head in this direction! This will make the transition to healthy survival eating much easier!
“Toys” Decide if they are necessary and helpful.
‘Diversions’ like: Bad Habits, Worrying, Gossiping, etc… There was a great saying by a rebellious first lady; Eleanor Roosevelt:
“Small people talk about each other,
Average people talk about things,
Great people talk about ideas!”
When you save here, DON’T spend it somewhere else! Use it wisely.
Some say invest in gold and silver. In my opinion, it is probably too late to do so. The exchange values are very speculative. Some thoughts about gold and silver: You will still have to decide what you are willing to exchange it for! There will NOT be any ‘Precious Metals Exchange Board’ after any collapse. The only purpose of buying gold and silver is to compact your resources into something easily carried and bartered with. It most certainly will happen, after any collapse, that people will try to rip you off with some sort of imitation gold or silver, and pawn it off as real. Do you know how to determine whether a piece of gold is pure enough to sell / trade with or for? I don’t have the equipment. I will have to search it out. Another good topic to research!
Start Networking What goals you might want, or currently have? Ask others (on this site for example!) questions! Everyone likes to help out by answering sincere questions.
Perhaps focus on streamlining your lifestyle to the essentials.
Find the happy medium regarding your belongings. Acquire the right items for your situation. The columnists here on APN are quite capable of helping you out in their area of specialty. We encourage discussion and questions. They help us write better columns and provide the right information.
Remember to Live, Love, and Laugh a Lot!
This sounds strange, but it helps us keep our sanity, maintain our own purpose, and get along with those around us!
Knowledge is power! Learn ‘The Right’ things NOW!!!
Don’t wait for a situation to rear it’s ugly head and be unprepared. It might be too late then. Use some precautions and suggestions here. For example: Start learning the basics; (Those listed here on APN!) Homesteading, Medicine, Water Purification, Fire Starting, Wilderness Survival, etc… It isn’t necessary to learn, for example, enough medicine to become a field surgeon, just start with basics and then find your niche!
There is too much knowledge out there for any one person to learn quickly, so share knowledge amongst your network of friends and family. This is okay. Keep focused on your goals and tasks, and incorporate the skills of those around you that you trust.
Please contact me back with specific questions and ideas! Lets do this right, together!