PREP YOUR MIND
When a disaster happens, your body needs water, food and safety. Your mind and emotions have needs too. Fear, anger and despair are poisons. Faith, resilience and a positive attitude are like meat and vegies for the mind. Your attitude can make or break you.
Is Your Situation a Blessing or a Curse?
Long ago, lived an old man. One day the man's horse was missing. He looked and looked but did not find it. His friends brought words of sympathy for the unfortunate loss. But the old man was unexpectedly calm and said, "It is OK; perhaps it will turn out to be a blessing."
A month later the old man heard the noise of horses and got up to see. To his surprise, he saw two horses. One was his own returning. The other was a beautiful black horse that had followed his horse home. Hearing the news, his friends congratulated him on his good luck. However, the old man was calm and thoughtful. He added, "It is true that I got a new horse for nothing, but one cannot tell the future. It may be an unlucky thing."
What he said was shown to be correct. The son of the old man loved horses and soon was riding the new, high-spirited horse. The son fell off the horse's back and broke his leg badly. After that, he always walked with a limp. "It is OK," the old man said, "perhaps good will come of it."
A year later, the tribes from the north invaded the country. All the young men were required to fight in the war, and most of them died. The son of the old man was unable to go to war due to his disability, so he escaped death. He and his father lived a long and content life.
A few pearls of wisdom.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. (An Irish proverb) This is the truth. I'm a nurse, and sometimes my job emotionally wipes me out. Laughing and sleeping are a couple of the most emotionally healing things I can do.
How to handle stress like a dog: If you can't eat it or play with it, then pee on it and walk away.
An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you've ever been, in order to stand taller than you've ever stood. Whatever happens, determine to grow from it.
Preppers in the animal kingdom: Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways and be wise; which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-7
"He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature." - Socrates
God doesn't give us what we can handle. He helps us handle what we have been given.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.
When you are sad, if you force a smile on your face, your mood will lift. Try it. It works. Your brain isn't as smart as you think it is. What you say and do will change how you think.
Face it. None of us are getting out of here alive.
Spoiler alert: I talk about my relationship with God here.
I spend a lot of time prepping my heart to be right with God. In this life, there are many kinds of disasters that might happen - earthquakes, wars, car wrecks or cancer. Suffering and death are a part of life. If your heart is right with God, in the big picture, it's all OK. "Be not afraid of sudden fear...for the Lord shall be your confidence."
When I'm worried and stressed about the direction of this world and wonder what I should do about it all, these words help: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths."
I can have a million dollars worth of supplies, but that's not where my trust is. Someone can steal my supplies. One accident, and I can lose my health. My life is in God's hands. This world is not my home. I'm just passing through.
A wise person will prep for this world, and also prep for the next. Save up supplies, learn about wild edibles, and develop a prayer life. Live your life prepared for anything, including the end of it.
(The above verses are from Proverbs 3.)
Laughter is Good Medicine.
King Solomon said this in slightly different words thousands of years ago, and scientists are proving it's still true today.
Scientists have done studies on humor and the body. They proved that laughter is healing. It's one of the best stress reducers on the market. Disasters increase fear and stress. These raise the body's heart rate, blood pressure and sensitivity to pain. They lower the immune system.
Humor diffuses fear. You can't be scared and laugh at the same time.
Humor normalizes a bad situation. If you can laugh at it, you can survive it. Humor puts the situation in perspective.
Humor is relaxing. The next time you get bad news or are overloaded with stress, try watching something funny on the internet. The more you laugh, the more relaxed you will be afterward.
Do you want to decrease pain, decrease depression, increase your immune system, increase your sleep? One simple prescription: humor.
On a related note:
NPR reports humor researcher Richard Wiseman, as reported in Scott Weems' fascinating new book Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, set out to discover the "funniest joke in the world." He collected 40,000 jokes and had 15 million people rank them. This is what he discovered to be the funniest joke:
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence; then a gunshot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "OK, now what?"
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PS: What's brown and sticky?
Answer: A stick.