As I stood, waiting in a line that went around the building at Wal-Mart this morning with their new reduced hours, limited quantities and security guard, I marveled at how quickly things can change. I know that this is temporary, yet the wake-up call is startling. I was heartened when meeting with our OSR Correlation Council last week, seeing and hearing the resolve the council members had in continuing the preparation of every needful thing.
I love the people involved with OSR. In the face of adversity, they continue moving forward, with a clear purpose and path, while others choose to just wait and worry. These self-determined people are meeting challenges head-on. Distractions are set aside. Strategies for making the transition to a self-reliant homestead are being implemented. These strategies deal with the slowing of the economy, the stock market drop, resources being limited and more.
While dealing with all of the above, these amazing people that are gathering together under OSR are reaching out and helping family, friends, and others in need. These families are gathering together getting ready for the next step in preparing every needful thing. Others are down-sizing, reviewing what they need and what they can contribute to the project or to others that may need a particular item.
Young and old alike are coming together with a resolve that mirrors what was in the hearts and faces of the pioneers that had little with which to carve out a future for their posterity and yet they did it. We, like them, see the opportunity before us. Yes, there is much work to do, challenges to be met, and obstacles to be overcome, but looking beyond these things we see a place of refuge from the storms yet to descend upon the world.
I make the following challenge: Do not be deceived in thinking that there is not enough time. Do not be distracted with the fear, panic and false rhetoric that others are immersed in. Do not despair because things and conditions do not meet previous expectations. Instead, walk with a righteous desire, determination, and diligence in becoming a light and example to others by rising above these trials to create a safe haven for family and friends. Together we can make the transition from dependency to self-reliance.
Philip J. Gleason