I am not sure where to start the spiral on this one. I guess I will list some of what I think people are thinking at the moment:
- The coronavirus is coming to my neighborhood and we will die as a result.
- The stock market is done. We are just waiting for the ripple effect to see how bad this will be. The second Great Depression maybe? Recession definitely.
- The zombie apocalypse is taking shape! Get your ammo! Get food! Get water! Dig in and wait for the crazies.
- What will be will be, man. Just enjoy whatever time you have.
- This is all (insert your hated politicians name here) fault! Down with (insert the party of choice here)!
- The CDC is a bunch of liars. This thing is so much worse. We may lose a third of earth’s population to this thing (to which some will say – whew! We were over populated anyways. And other will say, oh the humanity.)
- The petrodollar is going under. Society as we know it is collapsing. Our dollars will be worth nothing in a few months. Stock up on things that are good to barter, buy warm clothes, buy gardening books and solar panels and anything else that helps us live without electrical grid power. Get iodine tablets and water filters in masse.
I am sure I am missing some.
So what is this post about? The naked truth that everyone seems to be avoiding. We will, 100% guaranteed, and you can bet on it and win it and never receive your earnings, we will….wait for it…..wait for it….we will all die one day.
Now. Let it sink in. Stare it in the face and recognize it for what it is. It is real. It is going to happen. Death. It happens.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, (Hebrews 9:27, for a more complete view read the next verse too)
For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9:5)
Now what? Do you feel a little less stressed about the current situations around the world, especially in America? Some of the things I listed might be true or none of them might be true. It does not matter. Let it go.
Here is my advice to be wise. You should have already had these things in place. If you haven’t then now is as good of a time as any to make it happen.
- Try to get enough survival food and water for 30 days for your household. Do not aim for a 2,000 calorie diet. You are simply trying to make sure that you will not starve to death inside of 30 days or dehydrate to the point that your kidneys shut down.
- Do you really need 300 gallons of water per person for 30 days? No. I heard a story recently about reconnaissance guys in Vietnam going out on 7 day patrols with only a quart of water per day plus a reserve in case they had to delay extraction. Sip water. Conserve energy. Get a water filter. Fill your bathtub up and any containers and have 5 gallon containers of water if you can get them. Do some math and figure out what you want and how to store it.
- Food. High-calorie food that will fill you up. Peanut butter. Canned tuna. Canned chicken. The best though would be military style Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs). They come in a wide variety of supply packs these days and for a good price. Get on Amazon. They have good shelf lives too.
- Practice good hygiene always (not just when an illness threatens). Have disinfectant soap that will last the 30 days too. Toothpaste. Some people freak out about not having toilet paper. Most people have enough paper type items in there homes to be okay for thirty days without fluffy soft toilet paper. So don’t freak out if the shelves at your favorite store are out of this non-essential item. Get a bunch of napkins or paper towels if you want instead. Wet wipes work too.
Those are the basics. IF you do those three things then you will be more prepared than most people currently are and you will be less inclined to freak out. There are plenty of other items to get in the long term but those things should help you calm down a little as well. Long term you should be looking at building your knowledge for how to live without electricity and running water. And you should stock up on medical supplies to include a tourniquet or two. You are more likely to need a medical kit than you are to need a weapon, at least currently.
I have more on this topic but I am tired for tonight and not thinking straight so let me close with these insights.
A friend of mine was killed in a head-on collision several years ago. He was young, married, and had a child under a year old when he died. A friends son at church lost a 24 year old friend to cancer last week. A baby who was born with severe genetic issues died less than a month ago who was well known from social media through a lady at our church who knew the family. People are dying every day. People are surprised by death every day too. The point of this post is this: carpe diem. SEIZE THE DAY!
When you are done reading this post I want you running from the laziness that is consuming you. I want you to turn off the television, to unplug yourself from social media (including this blog) and to never return to it again. If you say you believe something then pursue it with a passion that makes people think you are crazy. If you have always wanted to learn (insert whatever that is here) then do it. Buy a guitar (or better yet, just borrow one from someone who gave up learning), grab a person who knows how to play and start learning. Take a welding class at the local community college. Spend a night doing crafts with your children. Surprise your spouse with a candlelit dinner. Learn to garden. Hunt for your own meat. Learn to farm. Find a telescope and check out an astronomy book from the library and learn about the map of the night sky.
Seize the day.
Just remember. You will die. Let that be an encouragement to you to make the most out of the short time you have left, whether tomorrow is your last day on this earth or you don’t die for another hundred years. Seize the day.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV
Morbidly cheerful – Keith