Well, the first sign that it’s promising to be an interesting day was getting to the shop and finding a shopping bag hanging from the handle of the door. Hmmm. Contents? MRE components….poundcake, applesauce, apple butter, crackers, entrees, etc. I figured it could only be from a couple of folks and, dure enough, it was the first one I called. Apparently he’s doing some tidying up around his house and these foud their way to me. Awesome.
The other day I was in the hardware store when I ran into another LMI. He’s a recent (in the last two years) convert who is making up for lost time in a big way. He works in a business that is indirectly related to preparedness so he’s a good person to know. Anyway, we stood there in the paint aisle and got caught up. We both wound up lamenting how hard it is to stay focused and how easy it is to get complacent. He said he looks at all his stored food and stuff in his basement and it reduces his anxiety but reduces it enough to take some of the urgency out of his activities…as a result, he winds up getting a little complacent. I agreed. I noticed this years ago. It’s hard to stay focused and concentrate on being prepared every single day. Now, don’t get me wrong..being prepared every single day is easy; thats just a matter of keeping your gear handy and your eyes and ears open. It’s actively thinking about being prepared and being open to new opportunities to become even further prepared that is difficult. What do I mean by that? It means that it’s difficult to, every day, keep your eyes open for good deals related to preparedness, evaluate new risks and new potential problems, compare everything you see with the mental lists in your head of what need to be done, etc, etc, etc. We both agreed that if we can do just one thing per day, big or small, towards our preparedness goals and plans it would be enough to keep us on track.
That’s actually easier than it sounds if you’ve been doing this sort of thing for a while. Yesterday was my technical day off. I moved some ammo around in storage, topped off some immediate-use magazines, checked food prices at the supermarket, did some reading on ham radio topics, daydreamed about a few things, and put a few things away into long-term storage. Mickey Mouse things, when taken individually…but small strokes fell giant oaks. A little attention to things every day, on top of the occasional* burst of intense activity, is really all it takes.
* = I have never been able to remember how to spell ‘occasionally’. Whenever you see me use words like ‘infrequently’ or ‘sometimes’ or ‘oftentimes’ it is because I can’t remember how to spell the damn thing and am too lazy to spell check.