SpencerW.Kimball said, “Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden spectacular program.”
Benjamin Franklin said “Failing to prepare is simply preparing to fail.”
The United States grain inventories are at their lowest level, in history, according to record keeping by the U.S.D.A. In 1960 they had a 1095 day, or 3 year supply of grain reserves. In 2005 they had a 1 day reserve! 70% of the One-Day reserve consisted of unprocessed wheat and the remaining 30% was fresh milk, cheese, peanuts and lentils
The average modern family has four days worth of food in their home. The average grocery store has 3 – 5 days worth of food in stock. Society is fragile. People can turn from civilized to savage very quickly when they are all of a sudden yanked from their comfort and routine. When food is gone, people panic and we will see just how fast people dependency on others kicks in. Self reliance is to rise above the masses and become different, become independent, and be able to opt out of the madness, regardless of what is causing it.
I Can Sleep When The Wind Blows
There once was a farmer looking for a young man to help out at the farm. There were several young men who interviewed for the job and as far as the farmer could tell, they were about equally well qualified. He then asked them each one final question, “Tell me,” he would say, “why should I hire you above the others?”
Of all of the applicants and their replies, there was one that was really different. One young man said, “Because I can sleep when the wind blows.” At first the farmer thought it was just strange. The more he thought, the more he was intrigued and mystified by the response. So he figured, well I will give this young man a chance, and hired him.
Weeks went by and the farmer was pretty happy with the young man’s work. He still wondered sometimes what the young man had meant by his strange reply, but he never got around to asking about it. Then one night the farmer was awakened in the middle of the night with a phone call from a neighbour. “There’s a big storm coming in with lots of wind, maybe a tornado. Better get ready for it.” was the quick message.
Indeed as the farmer went to the door and looked out, he found that the wind was strong and rising, and rain had started. He quickly ran and tried to awaken the young man to help him get everything ready for the wind. Try as he might, the young man couldn’t be stirred. Muttering to himself about what a stupid thing he had done in hiring a lazy boy who wouldn’t wake up when he really needed him, the farmer went out to the farm.
He went out to tie down the hay, but discovered that the hay was already tied down securely. Next he went to the barn and the corrals. Everywhere he looked, everything had already been prepared. After a time of just wandering around the farm, learning that there was nothing that needed to be done at the last minute, because it had all been done before, the farmer returned to his house, but instead of muttering, he actually found himself singing the praises of this young man. He had realized, to his great joy, that the reason the young man could sleep through anything was because before he went to bed each and every night he had already prepared for the very worst. And so the farmer followed the example of the young man, since everything was already prepared, he undressed and was soon fast asleep, with a huge smile of peace on his face. He had learned that if he was prepared, he need not fear.
Let’s first start of with a definition of Self Reliance:
Reliance on one’s own capabilities, judgement, or resources; independence.
Self reliance is the ability to depend on yourself to get things done and to meet your own needs.
My question to you, is why not self reliance, not why? Why would we want to be dependent on others to meet our needs and get things done? Why would we not want to be as independent as possible, so that no matter what happens, we don’t have to rely on anyone else to take care of us? We want to be able to be on the side of the fence, where we can take care of our own family, and perhaps even benefit others as well. We will be independent, prepared, and self reliant.
When we become self reliant, we provide needed things for ourselves that we would have to pay money for, or have someone else do for us. We will grow our own gardens and produce our own food, we will sew our own clothing, or at least repair it when needed, perhaps build our own furniture, repair our own homes, fix our own vehicles, or whatever it is that will make you feel more self reliant.
As soon as you become more self reliant, you will begin to have a shift of mind. You will start to look at life differently. You will want to learn how to do things on your own. You will learn to shop smarter, to build your own grocery store in your home. You will research, learn, experiment, and experiment some more, until you gain the skill that you require. You will learn to create on a daily basis, different ideas and ways to do things for yourself. You will truly shift your mind set to one of self reliance.
We are all on the journey together in this world, and for each of us, the journey will bring different trials and different experiences. We each have different skills and talents that we can use to help others on the way. There are different kinds of self reliance, as you will find out. Temporal, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Each of us will have to do our own source of self examination to find out just where we need to improve and strengthen.