The Family has been the topic of several discussions this last week, in particular, “why we are doing the things that we do?” It was identified that many around us are currently being motivated by fear, to either do or not to do certain things. It was agreed that fear in and of itself was a poor position from which to make decisions. However, when fear is not the reason for doing something, but the reason for speeding up doing something that was needful, then it was a positive thing. An example would be the need to get out of the path of an oncoming train, where the fear would provide the adrenaline to do it quickly.
Decisions as to whether or not to prepare every needful thing are being propelled to the forefront because it is becoming clear that life as we know it is rapidly changing. Schools are being shut down; we are required to wear masks. Coinage is being pulled from circulation; paper money is being considered a hazard due to the fact that it can transfer the virus. Supply chains are being interrupted. I was surprised last Friday to find such things as fishing poles and Power Bait are dwindling in supply due to the fact that much of what we get from China has been interrupted. This disruption is likely to continue for some time.
Our supply chains in many areas are being broken or at the very least, strained. There is a need to take advantage of essential resource inventories needed. Such as building supplies for homes, barns and greenhouses, solar power systems, low tech tools needed to create and maintain gardens, heirloom seeds of different varieties, the ability to purify water with additional filters. Plus, it is just as important to acquire the knowledge needed to use all of the above-mentioned items and more.
All of this can seem daunting and overwhelming. It can if allowed, cause one to just curl up in a ball and hope it will pass. Or it can provide the adrenaline needed to get out of the way of the oncoming events that will continue to plague our food supply and other supply chains of essential resources. Just as you would grab a child and propel them to safety if they were standing in front of an oncoming train, we need to propel ourselves forward to prepare for the dubious future, letting go of time and resource-consuming activities that do not contribute to our goal of preparing every needful thing.
In conclusion, not only is there the need for haste, but also a need to assess our long-term goals. Are they in line with the new normal? History has shown over and over that nothing is too big to fail. Events are in motion, changes are occurring, time is short. The OSR Initiative is a pathway to preparing every needful thing. However, the speed with which one moves down this path is up to the individual. Together, let's create our own new normal, one that involves a healthy and safe family environment.
Philip J. Gleason