Experiencing growing pains can be uncomfortable, whether you are a young person shooting up, an entrepreneur trying to establish a new business, or a pioneer trying to establish a new homestead. There are always unexpected things to be dwelt with, which is part of creating any new environment. However, when we understand what we are going through is part of the growing and evolving process, we can look past the lack of comfort or even the seeming chaos that manifests itself when changing a lifestyle. These growing pains can be especially challenging when changing from a lifestyle of dependencies to a culture of self-reliance.
Between the pandemic, the wildfires in California, the flooding in the east, the severe drought in the west, the interruption of supply chains nationally and internationally, and the riots occurring around the nation, it is easy to feel a bit uneasy and overwhelmed. However, with all of this, we get an opportunity to determine how we are going to act and who we are going to be. This one choice can make the difference of being filled with fear and feeling like a victim, or feeling in control by moving forward in determination to accomplish the goal of becoming self-reliant.
Becoming self-reliant after a lifetime of depending on others for our food, shelter, health care, education, employment, even our social and spiritual needs is a huge step. Making these changes with all of the disruptions around us can be overwhelming at times. However, taking time to refocus on the objectives that we are striving for, and realizing that being agile in our problem solving are critical. Avoiding victimhood and continuing to counsel together with those around us who have the same goals as ourselves, allows for growth and personal achievement that would otherwise be unobtainable without all of the opposition.
The OSR Initiative, along with all of its partners and their members are experiencing growing pains. Recognizing this and taking hope in who we are and what we are working towards individually and collectively will make for a better and safer tomorrow. I extend my love, my encouragement to all who are engaged in this great work. Let us always remember who we are, why we are here, and what we are striving for.
Philip J. Gleason,