Each day is a chance to do something great.

Each day is a chance to do something great.

If you woke up and were able to get out of your bed this morning then you’ve been blessed, and with each day that you are blessed with you also have a chance to do something great that day! But the first step to doing something great is to have the proper mindset.
Negativity is the killer of great things. Get your mind right.

You have to keep an open mind and look for opportunities to do something great. Another key point for doing something great today (and everyday going forward) is to realize that not every great thing has to be big or make the nightly news.

It can be something much smaller and personal, like helping a stranger, visiting a friend that you’ve not seen in a long time, saying a kind word or maybe offering good advice that could change someone’s life for the better.

Every day is a chance to do something great. Now go do it.

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. mom of three says:

    Yup, I tell my family this all the time!!! Today even after all the protesters were out protesting in our city, I smiled at them as they were coming down the street, that I live on. After they were done protesting going to their cars or just walking on by. I may not agree with them but it’s not my job to judge, or be nasty, that is how I was taught and I teach it to my children to do the same. The nasty, jerky people always get their come uppins…

    • Mom of three,
      So true, DH worries about our youngest ds and I am always telling him that he is a grown man and he has to deal with his own mistakes that it is not his little red wagon to pull! Those who do wrong will reap what they sow.

      MD, I agree with you every day is a chance to help someone. Sometimes all it takes is a smile or a kind word that will make all the difference in a life. I have started thanking God for all of his blessings first thing every morning before I even get out of bed.

    • patientmomma says:

      My kids get all upset about the leftist protests and rhetoric. I tell them they would be doing the same thing if Clinton had been elected. As long as the protest is non-violent, it’s the American right to so so. My tolerance stops when they try to take away my rights guaranteed by God and the Constitution.

  2. Great advice. When you give it out in slices, it comes back in loaves! A bit of plagiarism there, but true nonetheless. Kindness and good cheer have a positive impact on everyone, even the one giving it out.

  3. Prepared Grammy says:

    That’s easy to do when times are good. I pray that we all remember to do it when times are bad. It may mean the difference between one of us living or getting home to our family. Let’s practice making kind choices now.

  4. I try to do one nice thing a year. The New Year’s bash was it for this year so I can just be my usual “carve your liver with a rusty knife” for the rest of 2017.

    • tommy2rs,

    • tommy2rs

      Even better, would be to take that rusty knife, carve the liver up in slices, throw it on a hot, buttered pan, throw some onions on it, fry it until it is just this side of burnt, and have it for dinner. With mashed potatoes and green beans, of course. 🙂 No sense in wasting good meat.

  5. I have been trying to help a woman and guy who are ex-addicts. I took him to a food bank and clothes closet on Thursday might and sat in the car for 1.5 hours while he was inside. Today, I took her to a food bank. A neighbor let them stay in his very nice home. I gave them shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant. She had her purse stolen and has nothing to enable her to work. His work is off and on. His career is transporting cars between cities and detail work. She has loftier goals but her teeth are black and almost rotten away from meth use. I hope they don’t plan on taking things to sell–lawnmowers and such.

    He carried stuff in house and asked for Coke! The week before I gave him all my Diet Cokes because I do not intend to drink them. He complained and asked for a good coke…twice! The empty carton was on the floor near the trash. When I told him I had no more, he said YES you do and reached for the carton, felt it was empty and let it drop. He called me a liar. Just because I can afford enough for one each day does not mean he deserves even one! They can both afford cigarettes!

    Neighbor takes out my garbage AND has been sending them over in the night. I am NOT happy with this! He is a trusting soul but knows how I feel. Sorry to go on and on, but I am worried so I feel sick to my stomach most of the time! Anyway, I try to help but do not want to volunteer to be sacrificed.

    • patientmomma says:

      Linda W.; Helping the poor is good but give your help directly to your church or local Salvation Army, then send the people to them for help. They are prepared to handle the folks in need. DO NOT take people in your house, in your garage or car. DO NOT give anything to people directly. You are inviting problems, theft, violence upon yourself. You best get yourself some pepper spray or wasp spray and keep a can at every door in your home.

    • Always Forward says:

      I totally agree, indirect help is best. Their frustrations and “jealously” will be directed at you in who knows what fashion. Try to distance yourself fast. Even calling you a liar is very scary.

    • You cannot help these people. Letting people take advantage is not helping. When you give to a giver, he/she gives back in some form. When you give to a taker, he/she wants to take more. BTW, there is no such thing as an “ex” addict. IMO, you should bar these people from your place and completely disassociate yourself from that entire situation.

    • LindaW:
      I admire your desire to help others, that is how I was raised as well, but times are different. The drug epidemic is such a problem because of the type of drugs now popular. I am sure others on here could explain the difference better. Please distance yourself and watch your back. You have been so helpful to me and I want you safe!

    • Linda,

      I am of the same mind as the others who have posted. You are a vital part of our community. Please be extra careful and I will pray that God keeps a barrier of angels around you to protect you.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      I agree you need to tell this couple your income is so limited, you can no longer home. Sometimes we just have to allow those we care about to “just go learn it”.
      Any further assistance to this couple is not/will not be good for you. If you have anything they do not like, give that to them. Let what you give be much less than they desire…they will go away on their own. Some people can be helped some can not, sounds like these ppl only want. an endless well which will never be filled. You have given them a leg up. for your safety you need to stop.

      • Everyone,
        I agree with every word you said. However, my neighbor who puts out my trash each week and brings in the can sent them here first after I said, “I am old, I am a good victim, I am afraid of them.” I resent him doing so. I have had them bring in groceries since then. She commented that they helped me. I told her when I have food I no longer eat because of allergies, I have a woman with kids at a gas station who will remove it from my car. I did not want her to think they were doing things that no one else would do for me! I said, “I have places to give things to and people to take things from my car.”

        My yard has not been mowed since June of 2016 because people lie and say they will help me and never do. My welfare is not of importance except for those who say, “Bless you.” “I will pray for you.” “Maybe someone will help you.” I want to smack people who utter either of those three statements. What they mean is to go away and leave them alone. No, I am not talking to everyone in about my needs. These are people who just overhear or notice my needs. AA came and took away material and helped pack the rest. Another woman drove from 2 hours north of Nashville, about five hours from me, brought three of her 11 children and helped me. No, I did not ask her. She just knew me from blogs and offered.

        My friend who is housing these addicts sends them to my house and I resent it!

        Today, when I went to WM, I took a small WM bag of trash to their trash cans outside. I will carry off a small bag each day to avoid them messing around in my yard after dark, which is when they come to take out the trash. I never use dumpsters or put envelopes with my name on it in my trash or this I carry off.

        I know addicts are always an addict. I just misspoke…lol. She has been clean for three months! They have money for cigarettes, but just pick up a Coke from my house. The guy wants inside so bad and taking things or looking around and commenting are his main goals. Now, I keep Cokes in the bottom drawer of my file cabinets! They were staring at my jars of beans! They don’t like beans and rice. Well, she does but he won’t eat them. He said he wanted hamburger and French fries. He hates vegetables.

        I really need my yard mowed, but am afraid to ask him because he would see my generator and ladders and would need to go into the basement!

        Thanks for your concern. None of you said anything I don’t know already, but I need to hear it again and often!

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          Would your local police (that you trust) or men from your church be able to help? Maybe they could start dropping by so that the addicts will know that you’re being looked after, and they’re being watched.

      • AA,
        I picked up something I did not like, and she exclaimed. In the same moment I was asking my friend who was here if he wanted it. He did. She looked so disappointed. I am not here to please her above him! I really like her but fear him. I also fear she would turn on me at any moment, though. She is only 30 and just is not aware of things in life that I at 70 know about. The best thing I can give her is advice.

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      The effects of meth use are even scarier than with other drugs. Meth addicts can be very violent and unpredictable. I just heard David Parnell speak. (Google him and read his story.) He attempted suicide by shooting himself. He shot part of his face off, including his mouth and nose. He was so high on meth that he didn’t lose consciousness. He said he didn’t feel pain. I’m telling you this just to tell you to be careful. Like others have said, help these people indirectly through other charities.

    • Linda W. You don’t need to feel sick at your stomach , I think what you are feeling more than anything is fear. You say your neighbor is a good soul, but continues to send these people over to you. Have you ever thought that it might be so they are not over at his place bothering him. Like you say, you are 70 years old, and I don’t think this is a good situation. You have helped them, but that doesn’t mean you should become their cash cow. You need to distance yourself from both of them before they clean you out, take anything of value they can sell, and take your car. Two to one are not good odds, so end it. Tell them you have done all you can and send them on their way. Do not be afraid. Call police if you need to, but move them on their way. I have worked with people like this, and needing help is one thing, but the more you give, the more they want (I.e. Why don’t you have cokes? That is what he wanted, well people in hell want ice water), so take what you offer or do without. Don’t be scared. Send them away, and after they are gone, tell your neighbor not to involve you in his actions next time. Doesn’t sound like a good neighbor to me. I would have been much more protective of you where they were involved.

  6. azrealityprepper says:

    Thank you M.D. for a great motivational read. It is good to remind ourselves both of the blessings we have and to do the “good” things in life. My family and I appreciate the good things you do in hosting this blog and trying to help all of us to “survive”….that is one of the best things someone can do for someone else. God Bless you.

  7. I’ve been retired for 18 years. When I was working my biggest problem was too much to do and too easy to put things off. So every morning I would write a list of three things I had to do but didn’t want to. This list was my priority todo list each day. I typically hated it until I actually accomplished the three things and then the rest of my day was golden.

  8. patientmomma says:

    I cannot help everyone, but I can help one. Most of the time I’m taking care of those who can’t help themselves, such as elderly folks or stray animals. I give to my church and the Salvation Army and let them distribute the needed help. I never give or lend money and I don’t give directly to the poor. That is for my own safety and security.

  9. Thanks for the words. I think hard times and desisions are coming. My trust in people is very little. My church is where I give to help the poor and needy. Too many people now a days are users and won’t help themselves. Only take. Once burnt, twice shy. I stay quiet and do alot of watching

  10. Every morning that I wake up, I thank the Lord that he is giving me another day. It may be the same routine things, and with my husband’s health going slowly down, it is exhausting, but it gives me another try at being thankful for what I do have and can still do. I don’t have the opportunity to go out and do things in the community or even with my neighbors, but found that praying for them gives me solace, when I am not able to connect or help otherwise. And to tell you the truth, praying for the members of the pack, gives me peace. I know that it is a small piece of the whole, but it’s my contribution and it feels good.

    • CG – Your words and experience are gifts to the pack and also keeps you connected, and that is a great thing.

      I like to reflect on my day in the quiet of the evening. It gives me a chance to recognize what I accomplished that day, something I’m really bad at. It see the problems, the solutions and the to-do list all to clearly, but seldom give myself an atta girl for things done. I’m trying to be better.

      I’m also trying to NOT let the stress of my job curb my good behavior by being in too much of a hurry. I don’t want to be the person who’s in too much of a hurry to help or be kind or listen. This came to a full head a few weeks before Christmas and it still makes me teary eyed when I think about it. I’m not that person and I won’t let my job and other people’s expectations turn me that way anymore.

      That’s my 2017 challenge for myself, wish me luck:)

    • Almost There says:


      I am grateful to those in the pack that pray for other pack members? I I’ll take all the prayers I can get. Thank you very much.

  11. Well said, M.D.

  12. I have been expressly blessed throughout my life. At age 6, I had pneumonia. The year was 1946 and penicillin had only relatively recently been approved for general use. Admitted to St. Luke hospital in Birmingham, AL in a coma, not expected to live, but the prayers of family and friends – and the penicillin pulled me through. I had the whole out-of-body experience and more, but that is another story. At age 57, I had a coronary artery blockage- partial but pretty severe. Checked into St. Luke hospital in Phoenix at 4 PM. Scoped and two stents, overnight stay and the next AM Chrissy was driving me home. A week later, I was at our wilderness hideout and I was literally breaking rocks with a sledge hammer!
    Now I have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a fatal disease with no known cause and for which there is no cure. However, yesterday my pulmonologist referred me to St. Joseph hospital to be evaluated for a lung transplant. It seems too much to be a coincidence all three hospitals were named after saints. Now, I may not be a candidate for transplant because I am 76 years old and it remains to be seen whether all of my organs are sufficiently operable, not to think there is anything wrong with them, but they are very fussy about that. Very extensive evaluation ahead!
    Above all though, I intend to live until I die and continue prepping also, for the family.

    • What a storey. My prayers are with you that you will be around for a long, long time. Keep on prepping my friend.

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