Monthly Archives: October 2014

Controlling what you can influence

I know the title is boring, but this is one of the most importing mental exercise you can prepare for, so bear with me.

Have you heard of the topic of Circle of Concern vs. your Circle of Influence? If not, this will help you to focus on what is important, rather than things out of your control.

Steven Covey is the author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I have not personally read the book, but have heard about this habit and latched on to it. My take from this habit is there is too many things to worry about: National politics, global warming (or cooling depending on the day), ebola, peak gas, and many other things that are definitely a concern, but no matter what what you do, you could have no affect on them at all. The more important part of his ideal is the Circle of Influence, or what is within your control. You can influence local politics for your community, prepare to live in a warmer (or cooler) environment, wash your hands often, build sustainable power systems, etc.. Rather then dwell on these huge issues and feel depressed, spend your time on things you know you will need. I don’t know about you, but I eat food three times a day, require water to drink a few times daily, and need a sanitary way to pass the excess. The more important point I am trying to make is that all these concerns don’t mean anything after a couple of days without water, or a couple of weeks without food. I could spend my entire life and never vote, or consume the last drop of gas.

There is little need to worry about the significant issues we face globally, but working to guide your lifestyle to adapt and hopefully prosper during these tough times may be the most important thing you do for your family, or community.

Whatever is really happening at the highest levels in World Government is unknown. The certain result is a dividing of us to serve a purpose. Whether they have us arguing about black vs. white, Democrat vs. Republican, rich vs. poor, the majority of people help them further their control, and nothing positive as a whole results from it. By ignoring the dichotomy, turning off the news, building relationships in your neighborhood help to loosen their grip of control.

Hopefully enough people stop paying attention to the clowns running the show, and start to build sustainable lifestyles when they are deemed irrelevant. Working towards goals you have influence upon will keep your focus because I only see the list of concerns growing with each and every clown voted into the upper levels of government.

Are you prepared for an Ebola outbreak?

If you are not, then don’t worry too much (about Ebola that is). There are many reasons every household should have some preparations in order, and Ebola is not necessarily one of them. With all the media hype surrounding this horrific disease, the chances of it affecting you directly is almost zero.

The things you should be preparing for are not that glamorous or sexy, or receive the media hype that a pandemic can create. The potential for a job loss, localized weather events or family medical issues that could prevent you from working, or generating the income needed for day to day life has almost a 100 percent chance of happening to all households. The fact that you have some extra food, some extra money set aside for paying the bills and other common supplies set aside for a rainy day, may help offset the lost income during one of these mini-emaergencies.

If you have not started preparing, please start now. It does not matter what reason you prepare for, you won’t get to choose which disaster affects you. If it happens to you, it can be fairly certain having these supplies can make a difference during that hardship.