[intro2]It seems that with suggestions of panic, rationing, food shortages, intermingling with war, politics, etc. resounding through news, the interest in being prepared is once again on the rise.[/intro2]
I’m here to share ideas and concepts about Practical, Personal Preparedness. In this column. You will soon discover that sometimes the “personal” facet will be me, sharing my personal attitudes or experiences. Such is the case with sharing why I, of all people, would consider bending the rules.
It seems with suggestions of panic, rationing, food shortages, and economic collapse, intermingling with war, politics, etc., resounding throughout the news, the interest in being prepared is definitely on the rise again.. The “Arena of Preparedness” is almost always cyclical. The more the panic, along with the PR that can prompt sales of preparedness products, the more the interest escalates. Having good resources for good products can be a good thing. Of course, purchasing products is an integral part of your preparedness program. (More about this subject later.) However, finding sufficient funds as well as sufficient pantry space are major factors that allow you to succeed in creating your preparedness program.
Having lived through many events that validate the need for preparedness, and having taught preparedness and written many books about it, I have a firm belief that your faith is one of the prime factors allowing you to succeed – or not.
Since many of you may not know me very well yet, it is important for you to understand where I am coming from as I voice opinions and teach preparedness principles and concepts through my articles
As you read these articles and evaluate some of the suggestions, you must keep in mind that being able to care for my family at all times and in all situations may have warped my perspective somewhat.
For many years my family didn’t always have the funds or facilities to have the ideal products or pantry. Through the years, faith and desperation have combined to persuade me that I could find pantry space, and I could make it work, no matter what the proper storage rules said should or shouldn’t work. I learned that if I had enough faith combined with a lot of effort, I could bend the rules to make what I had to work with function – even though they said it shouldn’t have. (Of course, you know who “they” are.)
Should you mistakenly think it was all coincidence or luck, I need to share an underlying belief. We prayed over our meager home storage a lot. We gave thanks that we had it and then prayed it would be protected and we wouldn’t lose it. And then we prayed to be able to find ways to stretch our meager funds to be able to obtain more. You see most of the time (for a long time) our preparedness was sort of seasonal. The season being that there was a paycheck coming
Always trying to better our situation, we moved a lot. Many times due to less than ideal pantry conditions our supplies fried in the summer and froze in the winter. Once after a hurricane (in Utah!), we tracked down our storage and the shed it had been stored in. We found it down the street in a neighbor’s yard. And then we needed to pray some more. In fact, we prayed for our “survival” year round.
One year, we moved back to California, after having moved to Utah. Our preparedness supplies, always a priority, were moved as well. This time it had been several years of preparedness supplies being stashed in much less than perfect pantry conditions. Now back in a rental home in California it was time to unpack our supplies and put them away on shelves that Larry had just finished constructing in the garage. It was my intent to sort and discard much of it, because, “after all it wouldn’t be good”. How could it have survived through such instability and extreme temperature fluctuations?” Then, I sat on that garage floor and cried. Not tears of frustration, but tears of gratitude! Very little had to be discarded, including hundreds of quart bottles filled with home canned fruit that were not broken.
Therefore, one of my personal guidelines, that I’m willing to share, is that not only do you do the best you can with what you have, you have to rely on your faith!
With that foundation you will discover in future articles more details and attention given to those pantry ideas and areas that might not ordinarily be considered as “traditional pantry space.”
I share these thoughts and experiences to encourage you as the news continues to drone on in negativity. You can continue in a positive way – even if you think that your “funds or facilities” are not ideal.
Begin in a small way … and gradually build toward a reasonable objective, not necessarily perfection. As you assess what to do and how, continue to stay connected with APN, its resources and remember to have faith in your plans and projections.