Prepare for…Disruption

Why do we set aside storage food and make provisions to have clean water? Why do we stock up on ammunition for our firearms?

Because we’re preparing for some kind of disruption. That after all is what’s at the heart of why we prepare. If we didn’t anticipate any change to “normal” life, why would we do any of this?

The big question is what form that disruption will take.

But I have a bigger question for you.

How well do you personally handle disruption?

As I write this, I’ve recently come through an eye operation on my right eye to relieve glaucoma pressure. It involved implanting a small tube or valve. This wasn’t a simple in-office laser procedure. The surgeon did quite a bit of knocking around inside my eye.

Recovery has meant…

  • Doing a few things differently.
  • Taking things at a slower, deliberate pace.
  • Recalling past experiences and lessons learned from previous eye surgeries.
  • Reprioritizing.
  • Adapting to a new normal, which changes from one day to the next.

I remember going through something similar when I broke my left ankle back in 2007. Circumstances are different, but the mentality of adaptability called for is the same.

And that’s where we fail or succeed at survival.

Any number of events can be disruptive. It may be a hurricane or flood that disrupts your life in a major way. Or it may be something as small as losing battery power in your smart phone for a few hours. It’s the scale of the disruption that varies.

If we’re to have a survival mindset, we need to know there are a lot of things that can’t be dealt with well, no matter how much storage food we have put by.

And it makes a huge difference if you’ve got a support group or community to support, encourage or help in some way.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised and uplifted by the number of people who have prayed for me and expressed well wishes as I’ve gone through my eye surgery and recovery. I’m thinking of people in my family, at church, my blog readers and subscribers to the DestinySurvival Dispatch, and members of a writers’ group I belong to with members spread all over the country.

Support, whether direct or indirect, is a blessing. And it provides incentive to return kindness to others in their time of need.

I’m reminded of ANTS (Americans Networking to Survive), the group founded by Timothy French. See what I wrote about one of his visits to DestinySurvival Radio here. It’s not merely about passing along needed survival supplies. It’s ultimately about caring for one another.

But before you tune me out for getting too sentimental, let me return to the question of how well you handle disruption.

Once there’s been an incident, no matter what the scale, who says life must return to the way it was before? Maybe it never will. Are you ready for that?

Or maybe you’ll be able to do a few things that are “normal” while things are being set right.

How ready are you for making compromises? How ready are you to accept the “new normal” and keep moving?

If you can do those things, you have a shot at survival, come what may.

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.