Monday, May 28, 2018

The Dirty Little Secret of Prepping

Here is the dirty little secret of prepping:  It is hard work.  Especially when you're doing it right. Prepping is hard work. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes effort. It takes sacrifice. It takes work. Hard work. There's no way around that uncomfortable truth.

I believe that truth is the real reason why so many people aren't preppers. And why some who become preppers, often enthusiastically at first, eventually stop prepping. We live in a society of entertainment, entitlement, and instant gratification. Hard work doesn't really fit into that modern picture for most folks. So they don't prep. They won't be ready for any SHTF event. And they will become our problem - beggars, looters, or worse.

In the classic version of the Fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, the ant works hard all summer long in the withering heat with no time for play, building his house and storing up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he is a fool, and laughs at the ant,  and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so begs the grasshopper for help, and is refused. The grasshopper dies out in the cold, a victim of his own choices and actions. 

Are you an ant or a grasshopper? Are you putting aside fun and frivolity in the moment to do the hard work of prepping?  Or are you too busy being entertained and comfortable in the present to work towards the future? When winter comes, will you be warm and well-fed, or will you be a beggar or looter, and very likely to die?  

Dave Ramsey has a great saying: "“If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” That is as true with your preparedness as it is with your personal finances. 

Be the Ant.

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