I’ve always been a fan of preparedness stuff my whole life. Even as a newlywed I made sure we had part of our closet set aside for food storage. I’ve been the Ward Preparedness Specialist a couple of times and it’s one of my favorite topics to discuss. I realize that I’m kind of unique in that respect. Most people DO NOT want to hear about preparedness of any sort. Try to mention a year-supply and they will suddenly find a reason to disappear.
Last Sunday I was asked to circulate a sign-up list for a new preparedness group in our ward. This preparedness group—not led by me, I should mention—will focus on whatever the members would like: gardening, canning, water storage, foraging, you name it. As I poked my head into the Young Women’s classroom, the president said, “let’s just have everyone raise their hands who’s interested in Preparedness.” I wrote down the names of the women who were interested and paused. “Ok, everyone else,” I said, “when the world ends don’t come to my house. I’m going to remind you that you weren’t interested in preparedness right before I slam the door in your face.” Everyone laughed as I left the room.
I wasn’t joking. If you know what you’re supposed to do but don’t do it, I’m not bailing you out. Sorry, foolish virgin.
So what gives? We’re supposed to be prepared. Whether it’s by getting an education or life insurance or paying off debts or whatever. So many people just don’t care. And so many people don’t do anything.
Interestingly enough in the three days since an ebola case was announced in Texas, the state where I live, I’ve had several people call and text me about food and water preparedness. I’ve also talked to a couple of friends who refuse to think that ebola will change anything and are trying extra hard NOT to prepare right now. I guess to show that they’re not hysterical.
Ebola or not I just look around. This earth is in turmoil. Politically and socially things are in a sad state, but the Earth itself seems sick; like an old lady who is simply old and feeble. We haven’t treated her very well and I think she’s fed up.
So to me, extra preparedness is a smart move right now. But I feel like the only one.
What are your thoughts on temporal preparedness? Do you feel like it’s becoming a more important issue ? Is it too overwhelming to even think about? Do you think being spiritually prepared is enough? Or do you think of you’re prepared spiritually, you will feel inspired to prepare temporally too? Why do you feel it’s important (or not) to prepare for hard times ahead? Will there even be hard times ahead or are people making mountains out of molehills?