“This seems too good to be true,” was a statement made to me last week regarding OSR. It was fun sharing all that was happening and the fact that it was no longer an idea but a rapidly emerging reality. Reflection upon that conversation brought to mind other “too good to be true“ ideas that changed history. Some of these were: the printing press, the automobile, the television, the computer, and many more that we take for granted today.
With the advent of each new invention or just a better way to accomplish something, there are people who embrace the new ideas and others see them as a passing fad or even impractical. In the ’30s and ’40s, there were those who refused to learn how to drive even though it was clear by then that the automobile was a better way to travel, saving time and money.
As OSR matures and expands with new partners bringing additional resources, knowledge, and strategies to help families make the transition to a culture of self-reliance, I believe that we will look back and wonder how we ever survived in our city lifestyle of dependence. It takes a forward-thinking approach to let go of old ways and old systems of day to day living. Letting go for most people requires a methodical approach in making such a transition.
Letting the idea of becoming self-reliant take hold and become a reality, for many seems too good to be true and therefore not a possibility. Yet, if we will nurture the idea of becoming self-reliant and give it room in our lives to grow, I promise you that it will become a reality. The challenge is giving it room in our busy lives to take root, to expand and flourish. The question remains, “can you give up your horse and buggy for something much better?” In other words – can you step away from a lifestyle of dependence over to a culture of abundance found with being self-reliant.
Philip J. Gleason