My family and I are living out the preparedness paradox and I am very happy about it. 

The preparedness paradox means that if you do the work of preparedness ahead of time, if you practice preparedness as a way of life as we do, you will be as ready as possible when the inevitable crisis event eventually occurs.

The result of this is that if you aren’t taken out in the immediate moments after the crisis begins, the crisis event…whatever it may turn out to be…won’t seem like that big of a deal to you personally. Maybe even a non-event for you and your family. By the way, that’s what you want. In a surreal twist of events, you may even become an apocalypse voyeur of sorts, watching the entire event play out from a detached and safe position. Oddly like watching a movie on television. 

There will be those that are jealous and hateful towards you because you find yourself in a more advantageous position than they find themselves in. That is fine. We all make our choices and they certainly made theirs. 

There will be others screaming frantically, saying “I told you so! You’re just like the media, blowing everything out of proportion to scare folks. This is a non-event. Look at the numbers!” All the while declining to admit or failing to recognize that the only reason things are not far worse than they are…and they are really, really bad right now…is that many, many people are doing the right things and working together to do their part in an effort to move beyond the crisis. 

So yes, I am extremely happy with the choices we have made by simply living our preparedness lifestyle, especially during this pandemic crisis in particular, and I am thankful to be with the people I am with and for during this time. 

As if dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was not challenging enough, knowing there are those out there actively rooting against you just because you were forward thinking enough to take the action steps you deemed necessary to keep your family and yourself safe can be tremendously discouraging. *sigh* 

Hear me now…pay that and them no mind. My life and my loves are right here in front of me and I owe it to myself, but more importantly to them, to not worry one bit about those bleating ignorant noise from fringes. 

Keep your eyes forward, putting one foot in front of the other. This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, so keep in mind that it’s okay to not be okay right now. Know that you will get to the other side of this. And know that better days will return…in no small part to the real work of love and preparedness that you have done to be ready for these uncertain times. 

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