Forget Doom and Gloom: Preparedness is the Ultimate Act of Optimism

This article has been contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper and author of The Pantry Primer.


Does this sound familiar?

You’re talking to a friend or family member who isn’t on board with preparedness.  (And it’s even worse when they think they know what’s going on in the world but garner their so-called “information” from network news sources.)  You try for the millionth time to get them to consider stocking up on a few things and they say this:

Life’s too short for all of this doom and gloom.  Live a little! You’re such a pessimist!

My response to this is that preparedness is the ultimate form of optimism.

One who practices skills, makes dramatic lifestyle changes, and studies current events critically may come across to the uninitiated as a person who has buried himself or herself in negativity, but in fact, one who prepares is saying to life, “Whatever comes, we are not only going to live through it, my family is going to thrive, and I will not bend my knee to tyranny for an MRE and a bottle of water.”

I think that methods of preparedness can be compared to love songs on the radio.  Bear with me through this analogy.

If the songs that make you think of your significant other are sad, with reference to breaking up and getting back together, unsatisfied yearnings, arguments, frustration, anger, and broken hearts, you just might be doing the whole “love” thing wrong.  Shouldn’t the song that makes you think of the one you love be happy, upbeat, full of joy? Shouldn’t thoughts of that special someone make you more prone to goofy smiles and a warm glow than to melancholy longing or the urge to gleefully burn all of their belongings in a great pile in the front yard?

It’s exactly the same with preparedness.  Thoughts of your plans, your lifestyle, and your loaded pantry room should give you a sense of peace and security.  If your state of preparedness makes you feel unhappy, stressed, angry, or resentful, you’re doing something wrong.


Here are some examples of how prepping is pure, unadulterated optimism:

  • Your area is under a severe storm warning.  While everyone else you know is rushing to the store and knocking over old ladies to clear the shelves, you’re tying down some outdoor furniture, filling the bathtubs with water, bringing in  some extra firewood, cooking up some stuff that would be likely to go bad during an extended power outage, and getting the candles and lanterns ready. Perhaps you are discussing with your kids why you’re doing what your doing and using it as a teachable moment.  There is no panic, only the peace of mind you feel when you don’t have to try to get things that everyone else is trying to procure at the exact same frenzied moment.
  • During this hypothetical storm, the power goes out for two weeks, water is under a boil order, and trees are down everywhere.  You remain in the safety of your home with your family, not risking downed power lines and falling branches from storm-damaged trees.  You heat up hearty meals using off-grid cooking methods with which you are already familiar.  You spend the two week break playing boardgames, reading books, doing art projects. You have plenty of food, plenty of water, and plenty of light. To your kids, this is an adventure and to you it’s a little break from your regular work and from technology.
  • Heaven forbid that you should lose your job, but if you did, you have the security of a supply of food to see you through. You know how to grow your own food to supplement this supply because you’ve been doing it for years. You know a million different ways to do things manually and save yourself money.  While a loss of income is a crisis, for someone who has readied themselves for the possibility, it could also be an opportunity to seek a new job, to homeschool the kids, to start a business of their own.  If they don’t feel that horrible sense of desperation, realizing that the mortgage payment is coming out in 3 weeks, and they don’t have the money to pay it, the utilities are already close to being cut off, and there are 3 slices of bread in the house, with two of them being the crusty heels that nobody wants to eat, then the person is a little more free to search for the silver lining.
  • One fine summer day when you are enjoying a barbecue at a friends house, you listen to other folks complaining about the cost of produce at the grocery store due to the droughts and poor growing conditions across the country.  You realize that you haven’t purchased a single vegetable since your spring lettuce and peas prolifically came in, and you had absolutely no idea that everyone else was paying double or triple what they paid last year for a bag of baby spinach or a pound of tomatoes.
  • If someone you know falls on hard times, you are always able to lend a hand with a bag full of groceries that came directly from your pantry.  You don’t even have to think twice about helping out, because you are prepared for the long haul.

What non-preparedness people just can’t seem to understand is that what we seek is peace of mind, freedom, and security for our families, not just a weekend at Disneyworld.  We don’t wish to delude ourselves with the soothing lies and distractions of the mainstream media so that we can blithely go about the business of trying to guess which B-list performer is going to take the crown (do they have a crown?) on Dancing with the Stars. We like reality and we’d rather not have surprises.  We can still have fun that doesn’t compromise our ideals, sabotage our progress, or deter us from our paths.

We don’t want to be lulled into a false sense of prosperity, hypnotized by our iPhones and our “smart” wristwatches, or pacified with governmental lies about the “recovery.” We don’t want to deal with the aftereffects of shooting poisons into our babies, the ill health that comes from eating substances that aren’t even food but are guaranteed by the government to be “safe”, or stumble through life in a fluoride-induced brain fog.

We just want to go out to our garden and get some unsprayed heirloom tomatoes, for crying out loud, and thrive on real food, clean water, and an avoidance of Big Pharma chemicals.  When I look at my own rosy-cheeked child and compare her glowing health with that of her friends, I am thankful every single day that we take the extra steps to keep her nourished, toxin-free,  and whole, in defiance of a government and media that would have her chemically dumbed down and poisoned, literally, for profit.

Here’s a final analogy.

Imagine that you are out for a walk, and you get lost in the woods. You end up wandering around for a couple of days, and you’re exhausted and hungry.  You come upon two bushes, different varieties of plants, both with brightly colored berries.

  • Would you rather know for certain that one of those bushes bears edible fruit that won’t harm you, and consume those berries with confidence because you have taken the effort to be educated on the flora of the area?
  • Or would you prefer to have absolutely no idea which one is safe because the thought that you might have to rely on berries in the woods to survive is pessimistic, and you refused to spoil a great hiking trip with negative thinking beforehand?

Preparedness: It means that whatever may come, you intend to not only grimly survive, but to thrive. It means that you foresee a day when the imminent threat, whatever that may be, diminishes, and you will rebuild. It means that you have taken responsibility for yourself and your family, and that you will not be forced to rely on others. It means that your mind is focused on life itself, not some imaginary life of some reality star that actually has no grasp on reality whatsoever. You have chosen not to be misguided by the lies that the media uses to pacify you.

Preparing yourself is the most optimistic and hopeful thing you can do in a world that would prefer to choose immediate gratification over a firm grasp on reality. Readying yourself to deal with whatever might happen is a joyful act, an expression of gratitude to the Creator, peace made tangible, and the personification of faith itself.

Also, a quick  note to beginners:

Please, don’t let the thought of all of the preps that you do not yet have bring you down. It’s a process, and the most important prep is already in place: your mindset.  Once you know the possibilities, accept them, and begin to prepare, you are already far ahead of most of the neighborhood. You’ve taken the most important step, the first one, and the rest will come as long as you persevere.  Don’t be discouraged by how much you have left to do, instead, be encouraged by how far ahead you are compared to your starting point. Never underestimate the magnitude of the importance of your state of mind.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;

an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

~ Winston Churchill

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SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

The Ultimate Doomsday Provision: “Designed For Those Exceptionally Rare Circumstances Where All Other Rights Have Failed”

Though the following 2002 court case ended with the liberal Ninth Circuit ruling that, “the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution does not guarantee individuals the right to bear arms,” at least one judge stood in dissent.

In his dissent, Judge Alex Kozinski argued with the very reasoning our founding fathers used to include the right to bear arms in the U.S. Constitution to begin with.

It may be a decade since the Ninth Circuit attempted to rewrite our fundamental law of the land (a move that was eventually nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court), but Kozinski’s views on our right to bear arms ring as true to Americans today as they did over two hundred years ago when our founders argued the same.

But we shouldn’t take Kozinski’s views simply as opinion. His is a lesson of history, and one that the likes of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin knew well. It’s not often discussed in our pedagogic institutions, nor in the political playing field, because it is considered too controversial of a topic, especially in today’s hyper-sensitive anti-self defense pro-state culture:

All too many of the other great tragedies of history – Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few – were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.

My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history.

The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late.

The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees.

However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

Judge Alex Kozinski dissenting in Silveira v. Lockyer, 328 F.3d 567 (9th Circuit 2003) (full text)

We may live in a relatively peaceful and open society, but it is our right to bear arms that has made it possible.

Take that away, and in due time, a dark cloud of tyranny will inevitably descend upon the land of the free.

The storm clouds are already on the horizon.

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”

Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

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SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Pre-Made Emergency Survival Kits Are they worth it?

Emergency Survival Kits

Survival Kits

You may not give it much thought but preparing your family for emergencies should be your top priority.  Relying on the government is no longer an option it could be weeks or months before relief arrives.  One only needs to look at the fiascoes with hurricane Sandy & Katrina.  FEMA is more concerned about maintaining the Government then they are about helping people.  The FEMA camps are constructed more like concentration camps then they are about providing a clean & safe environment for normal people to recover.

The bottom line, you really need to be prepared and have enough emergency supplies to last everyone in your family for at least 90 days.  However, for most people they cannot afford to spend their life prepping for the next big disaster.  Prepping can consume most of your time and money if you are not careful.  Luckily, there are many options available when it comes to pre-made Emergency Survival Kits.

There are two types of emergency kits available.  There are custom built and retail kits available on the market.  For quality, I would go with a custom built kit.  However, for inexpensive options the retail kits are the way to go.  Keep in mind, most retail kits are 72 hour kits (3 Day supply of food & water) normally used for bug out purposes.  If your emergency plan involves bugging out to a friend or relatives – 72 hour kits are perfect.

Emergency Food SuppliesFor those serious about prepping for disasters -  I highly recommend custom kits such as kits from My Patriot Supply.  They provide customizable food packages where you can pick and choose the contents provided.  In other words, if you don’t like Oatmeal then don’t choose it.  Other survival food services simply provide you with “their” predetermined selection of foods.  Let me tell you, they are not always the ones you like.  Check out my article on customizable food kits for more info.


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Includes (4) ER Food Bars – 3 day supply for 4 people, 5 Year Shelf-life. (12) Water Boxes w/ Straws – 3 day supply for 4 people, 5 Year Shelf-life. (50) Water Purification Tablets – To purify unsanitary water. (4) Thermal Blankets – Designed by NASA to retain body heat! (4) Ponchos with Hoods – Don’t be caught out in the rain without shelter. (1) Tube Tent – Comes with rope and instructions. (4) Out-of-state Contact Cards – Keep track of loved ones with these! (2) Lightsticks – 12 hours of bright green light at the snap of a finger! (1) Lightsticks – 12 hours of super-bright yellow light – just snap to glow! (1) The ER EMERGENCY READY Flashlight and AM/FM Radio with Weather Band (5) Emergency Candles – Each candle lasts 5 hours! (1) Box Waterproof Matches – 50 matches; light after getting wet! (1) Safety Whistle – Blow loud for immediate rescue attention! (4) Tissue Packs – Help maintain sanitary conditions. (12) Sanitation/Toilet Bags – Maintains sanitary conditions! (1) Package Toil

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  • Deluxe 4 Person Honey Bucket Emergency Kit
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Prepare the entire family, you and your pets, with this combo package for a four person household and the family dog. This Combo package the deluxe 4 Person Emergency Kit AND the Pet Survival Kit for Dogs. The deluxe emergency “Honey Bucket” kit has everything you need for 72 hour emergency relief and comes in this convenient bucket that is easy to store. Kit is equipped for 4 people. Includes: 1-Honey Bucket w/Lid, 4-2400 Calorie Food Bar, 4-Solar Blanket, 24-Pouches of Water, 4-Dust mask, 4- Ponchos, 12- Liners &Chemicals, 6- Wet Naps, 1 – 12 hour light stick, 1-54 Piece First Aid Kit, 1 – radio/flashlight/siren, 1- Gas & Water Shut Off Tool, 1 – Pair Leather Palm Gloves, 1- T-5 Chemical Disinfectant, 50 – Water Purification Tablets, 50 – Waterproof matches, 1-Utility Knife, 1- 5 N 1 Whistle, 1- Roll Duct Tape, 1-15″ Pry Bar

The 38 Piece DoGoneIt Kit for Dogs includes: 2-Food packets. 2-Blankets, 2-Lightsticks, 2-Dog Bowls, 1-Tennis ball, 1-3gal. Bucket w/Lid, 12-Water, 1-50′ Rope,

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The Ultimate Survival Skill for the New Economy

We’re living in incredibly turbulent times.  In spite of newspaper headlines proclaiming growing employment and a slowly growing economy, many business people admit to a pervasive feeling of uncertainty and confusion about their businesses.  The well-spring of this uncertainty lies in one of the characteristics of the newly-arrived information age.  Business people are being buffeted by an increasingly rapid rate of change.  Consider this.  In 1900, the total amount of knowledge available to mankind was doubling about every 500 years.  In 1990, it was doubling about every two years.  Today, according to some, the rate of change is doubling every 35 days!

Imagine the implications of that kind of increase in the rate of change!  It means new products, new regulations, new market configurations, new customers, and new technology in almost every industry.  It’s no wonder that we’re confused and uncertain about what to do.  It wasn’t so long ago that we had a growing market to cover over many of our flaws.  Not true today.  And the growth of that knowledge continues at an expanding rate.  One futurist predicts that today’s high school students will have to absorb more information in their senior year alone than their grandparents did in their entire lifetime.  That incredibly rapid pace of new knowledge is driving the forces of change at an unprecedented rate.  That rate of change is continuing to accelerate.  The effect of that snowballing rate of change on our businesses and our jobs can be cataclysmic.  It’s almost as if a malevolent spirit were stalking our economy, rendering all the wisdom of the past useless, and casting a spell of confusion and uncertainty over the land.  The indications are that this rapid state of change will not be a temporary phenomena we all must live through.  Rather, it will be the permanent condition we must accept for the foreseeable future.  Rapid change is not a phase we’re passing through, it’s a process into which we’re entering.

That means it is likely that the conclusions, paradigms and core beliefs upon which we based our decisions just two or three years ago are likely to be obsolete today.  Even more sobering, the conclusions and strategies which we develop today will be obsolete in a couple of years.  We can count on this continuing obsolescence of our best ideas and strategies to be the constant state of affairs.  One of my clients recently told his employees, “The only thing you can count on is that you won’t be doing this job in three years.”  His point was that the job will change in that period of time to such a degree that it’ll be a different job.  The technology used will likely change, as will the customers, the systems and the focus of the job.  The insightful person will accept that rapid change is now a defining characteristic of our economy, and plan to deal with it effectively in an on-going basis.  Instead of thinking we should just persevere until it’s behind us, we should prepare for rapid change to be a way of life.

What’s the best way to go forward in the light of this rapid change?  What mind-sets can we adopt that will equip us to survive and prosper in turbulent times?  What skills do we need to survive and prosper in the information age?  I believe there is one core skill which will define the most successful individuals.  It’s the ability and propensity to engage in self-directed learning.  The only sustainable effective response to a rapidly changing world is cultivating the ability to positively transform ourselves and our organizations.  That’s the definition of self-directed learning.  In the face of a world that is different one week to the next, our most powerful positive response is to cultivate the ability to learn.  By “learning,” I don’t mean just the acquisition of new information, although that is a necessary prerequisite.  Rather, I mean the kind of “learning” that requires one to change behavior on the basis of an ever-changing understanding of the world.  Learning without behavior change is impotent.  The individuals who become disciplined, systematic self-directed learners will be the success stories of the new economy.  Likewise, those organizations which become learning organizations will have the best chance of surviving and prospering.

Because of the forces surging through our economy, it’s safe to say that tomorrow will be significantly different from today.  It will be more complex and somehow significantly changed.  That will be true of all the tomorrows in the foreseeable future.  The most skilled employees, therefore, will be the ones who can continually access the changing facts and growing complexity of their jobs, and then change appropriately.  That’s “self-directed learning.”  In a world that is rapidly changing, today’s hot new product is tomorrow’s obsolete dinosaur.  More important than any one product is the ability to continually create new products.  Today’s strongest employee could very well be tomorrow’s employment problem.  More important than any one employee is the ability to find and maintain employees who are constantly growing.  Today’s closest customers could be out of business tomorrow.  More important than any one customer is the ability to attract and retain customers.  All of these are applications of the ultimate competitive advantage — the ability to learn faster than your competitors. 

As the economy becomes more and more global, competition will increase.  Few businesses will enjoy a secure market position.  The quality of competition will also improve as competitors strive to out-do one another in providing customer service and value-added products and services.  In this new economy, those who survive and prosper will be those who know how to learn, and who do so faster and more systematically than their competitors.

Those organizations which become learning organizations will be those who fill themselves with people who regularly engage in self-directed learning.  How, then, do you instill this “self-directed learning” in your organization?  Here are three tactics to begin the process.

Dave Kahle is a lifetime salesperson.  He has been the number one salesperson in the country for two different companies in two distinct industries.  Since 1988 he’s been president of The DaCo Corporation, focusing on helping clients improve their sales and develop their people.  He is a specialist in corporate sales, and regularly holds business to business sales seminar and manager training.