As preppers, we all seem to be poised for one big catastrophic shi*t hits the fan scenario ...it could be a global nuclear war, or an EMP strike by North Korea, or a sudden and absolute collapse of our banking system, or perhaps martial law and imprisonment imposed against us by our own government. There are dozens of theories about what the 'beginning of the end' might entail. But maybe it isn't one big catastrophe that we should be watching for after all. Morale is essential to survival. If we allow ourselves to lose all hope, we are defeated. Allowing ourselves to become discouraged by all of the mini-catastrophes we each face would ultimately mean defeat.
Just in our small circle of friends in the APN network, many of us are struggling in one area or another. Some of us have lost jobs. Others still have their jobs but have had their hours cut, and then cut again. Still others are having to make hard decisions between the little 'luxuries of life' ...such as to have or not to have electricity at all if it means the difference between being able to feed and clothe the family or not. All of these little catastrophes will take a toll on our morale ...if we allow it.
The thing that gets us through any hardship in life is knowing that the hard times will pass. Most of us have been raised to believe that tomorrow is full of possibilities and that all we have to do is endure the hard times and we'll have a brighter future. But as we watch the slow steady erosion of our core principals, and the gradual decline of our individual quality of life, it gets harder and harder to maintain hope and optimism. Just as we each must face our own personal challenges, we each must also maintain our own morale. If we are to survive whatever is to come, we must keep our own hopes and ambitions alive. We must also encourage each other, lift each others spirits if we are to keep the dream of what this country once was alive. If we fail in that, all of our efforts ...all of our preps are for naught.
I'm just sayin' ...recognizing the danger of discouragement is half the battle. So go on and prepare for the worst as your finances allow. But do not neglect to maintain your own morale ...always hope for best. And always be ready to encourage others to do the same.