One of the best resources you will have in an emergency are your neighbors. In our first world society today, the majority of us simply don’t have the wide variety of skills our ancestors did. Our skills tend to be more specialized. And that can be a good thing when life is working as it should.
But in a true disaster situation, it would be tough to survive alone. You’d need to be a doctor, a craftsman, a cook, an engineer and more. Few people have all those skills within just their own family. But fortunately, most of us have or can develop one or two skills ourselves and then find the rest within our neighborhoods. Bartering could be very useful!
In addition, knowing your neighbors can be helpful even in small emergencies such as a flat tire or even not having enough eggs for the cake you are halfway through making. Knowing someone you can call in such situations makes life easier.
So, your 10 minute challenge this week is to meet a neighbor you do not already know. Get to know them a bit. Share what you do and what your skills are. Find out what they do and what their skills are. Exchange phone numbers. Shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes. Easy Peasy!
Lack of Time
I’ve found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self reliant. But as a young mom one of the top reasons is time, or rather a lack of time.
But really, I don’t think us young moms are alone….
I think that many, if not most, in our fast paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly. And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self reliant.
10 Minute Preparedness Projects!
But very one of us can find 10 minutes, right? Every few weeks, I challenge myself to spend 10 minutes on preparedness and self-reliance and I invite you to join me! Simple, right?
You can see all the 10 minutes preparedness projects here: