Today we present another article for this round in our non-fiction writing contest – by Judy W
How to stay positive, in a depressing world, and your body is falling apart? I turn 74 on Sept.8th and have no idea who the gal is in my mirror. I can tell you she is grey haired, wrinkles and old. Not sure how she got there, lol…
Did you know my mom told me life is wonderful like a big bowl of wonderful cherries, she did not tell me about the pits. She also didn’t tell me my body is like a battery and it will run down and some days refuse to work. Totally no power. Man I Hate that.
The world is falling apart robberies, murders, drugs, corruption, food prices soaring. Riots, streets not safe, then there is the political nonsense! I now believe in stupid pills and it looks like a lot of people are overdosing on them.
I want to remind you of the importance of humor. I am the most positive upbeat happy person I know.Why?????Well I can see,I can hear,I can walk I can pray, I can go where I want when I want. I can carry a gun, I can raise my own chickens and catfish etc. I can grow my own food. Holy wow, I am so blessed.
In a few weeks I will be 74, time has passed quickly, too quickly, I might add. Things were so different then. No guns, no Key’s, unlocked doors, gardens full of flowers, not food to survive. No Burger King, no Wal-Mart, no KFC . No TV, no cell phones, Telephone was party lines. Now that was fun ease dropping on neighbors calls. OK so I have always been a bit of a rebel lol
Mom and grand mom had a pantry. Do you know why? Not because people were going to steal or the government was going to take it, NO, because there was 1 car, maybe if you were lucky, if not it was the bus. It was a real issue to go shopping . The store was not close, dad had the car at work the bus was a hike, and nasty in poor weather. The pantry was stocked for storms power outages, and reliability. Welfare was a Nasty word. Independence was the word of the day. And no hand outs.you must earn your keep. Boy what a concept.
I have shared with you before, I have a huge heart and a tiny brain.Even with my tiny brain I can see the destruction which is happening daily to the world.I have 3 college degrees, what I learned was I learned nonsense. Such a waste but those degree papers got me ahead in this ever-changing world. “Education” today is a joke and a whole different article.
I am violently opposed to the words Prepper, Survivalist, etc. They are negative and going to come back at you in a negative way from this Administration, I am independent, responsible, self-sufficient, mature, It is each individual’s responsibility to take care of themselves and of course give a hand to a brother in need..
I tried Religious life, was not for me. Tried 2 husbands, they left me, silly boys. Good news I got 7 kids from the experiences, when the second husband left, is when I began my wonderful journey to become an independent happy mature helpful loving person.
The key is read and study. The straw that broke me was, I was living in a lovely upscale neighborhood and my doors were unlocked, of course, and a man ran through my house followed by police as I sat and watched. He had broken in to a neighbors and stole her jewelry.
Time to move, I took a neat course in Salt Lake with the Mormons.A real eye opener. I sat down and made a plan. I knew I had to sell my place and move rural but close to city for work.I still needed money to finance my plan.Well my place sold fast and it only took about 3 months to find my land. It was exciting and fun.I bought in the middle of a cow field. I joke now God is punishing me for ease dropping on my neighbors.
Truth be known I love my home. It takes 15 minutes to get down the driveway. Since I knew cities will be hell I had to go very private and rural. Family think I am nuts, well so what… I am so happy. I built a house, not so fun, lol I built a fish pond oh how fun to raise my own catfish. I built a chicken coop and sell my organic eggs. That is so funny a well-bred city girl raising chickens. Oh my gosh, I am in heaven.
Time is a dirty word – don’t think about what you don’t have done. Make a plan and a list and do a little every day. Focusing on the negative you will become negative. Yes there is great evil in this world. Friends there is great good in this world, which do we want to be focusing on. I read these posts and I think OMG I am so unprepared. Well that’s just plain nonsense. I with all my heart believe positive thinking produces positive results.
My idea was get as far away from the city as possible,store water was really critical on my list. Second was put up some food a little at a time. Then learn to shoot a gun and practice with it.Then I read well the stores are all gone, hmm guess I need to grow a food supply. Baby steps are better than no steps.Do a little each day.Even if it is just reading on how to care for your self and family. I just started growing potatoes in pots, what fun.
Some is better than none. We old gals need to find a similar like-minded friend or group. I have no idea what’s going to happen in my life time. Here are some things that have. I have had cancer twice. I have almost burned my entire house down. I have been through devastating hurricanes. I have been flooded in for About 10 days and could not get out. I have a nasty blood disease where I must be bled often. I have raised 7 children and had 2 husbands leave me. The good news, I survived and have grown from it all. The list goes on but you know what I am saying .
Lists, make them, they are good. Cross off as you accomplish each task. Think of location and what you are preparing for. Is it a nuke, is it a terrorist, is it a storm, is it a fire, is it civil unrest etc. each require a different set of preparing.
In closing, I want to quote Dr. Carl Menninger; He said – An attitude is more important than the fact,because the attitude can over run you before you ever deal with the fact.
I control my attitude,think positive, enjoy the ride and pray for me and our great country. May God Bless America…
PS MD has been a great influence in my life. I have grown immensely because of his work.
Prizes for this round (ends July 10 2015 ) in our non fiction writing contest include…
- First place winner will receive – A case of Yoder’s Canned Bacon (12 cans, $169.95), a case of Future Essentials Canned Green Coffee Beans (12 cans, $143.30 value), and a case of our Future Essentials Canned Breakfast/Cold Cereal Variety with Milk (12 cans; a can each of Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Apple O’s, Whole Grain Frosted Wheat’s, Cocoa Rice Krispies, Honey & Nut O’s, Fruity O’s and Frosted Flakes, as well as three (3) Cans of Powdered Milk Substitute (18 oz. each) – (a value of $62.90) all courtesy MRE Depot and a WonderMix Bread Mixer courtesy of FoodPrepper.com a $300 value. Total first place prize value over$674.
- Second Place Winner will receive – A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $283 value) and an autographed copy of 31 Days to Survival…
- Third place winner will receive – A gift certificate for $150 off of Hornady Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo.