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The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” These are words my father taught me from early on. No doubt a quote that he had picked up during his time in the United States Marine Corps. “Always keep a tactical edge.” Another good one from Dad. He was a police officer who took personal safety to extremes. I have carried many of his sayings into adult life. My father has never been much of what we view as a “prepper,” but many of his principles were practical for learning the ever evolving art of self-sufficiency. Like most others, I do not own a bunker or have twenty years worth of doomsday food stocked in caches around the county. What I live by are practical ideals of forward thinking. Certainly, I don’t have it all together, but I do take practical steps towards my goals of being self-sufficient.
We can all be encouraged by these aforementioned quotes. Understanding that the enemy is usually ourselves is a large part of the preparedness model of thinking. Limitations leave a weak link in the chain. Overcoming those weaknesses is no easier for myself than for anyone else. But we must press forward and continue to “sweat in peace,” for war time may be just ahead. War doesn’t have to be from a military invasion. War can be from a job loss or any number of downward spirals in life. This is where forward thinking comes into play. The six months of food that you may have stored for a pandemic may be exactly what gets you through a job loss. You were able to sweat in peace by storing and preparing, but now that war has ensued in your personal arena, you bleed less.
I am no psychologist. Heck, the most psychology I understand is the occasional Freudian Slip. But proper mental mindset is something that we can all learn to be focused on. The words of my father ring true more and more as I get older each passing day. “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” Another saying from Dad. The wise old owl got it right with that one for sure. When you are a youngster and have everything provided for you, tough times are few and life is good. As an adult we learn that we cannot manipulate to get our way when the storms of life come crashing down. Faith is the factor that gets me through; a proper mindset seems to keep me focused on the solution to problems. Preparing for what may come leaves us not so shocked and awed when trials happen. I am human and fail in the areas of faith and preparedness. Like anyone else, I get blindsided as well. I do not, however, get blindsided as often as I used to.
I hope, at the very least, to get others to think about preparedness and think in a forward momentum. It may be the saving grace of some, and others only a mental ascent to agree with what they know to be true, all the while failing to act upon those beliefs. Neglect will only hinder you when it comes to the “bleed in war” times, and we will all bleed in war at times. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” –General Sun Tzu