Thursday, October 20, 2011

Survival Philosophy - The Ripple Effect

Your survival is heavily influenced by your reaction to a crisis or a disaster. This creates a “ripple effect” that will quite often determine the outcome. Just like the calm waters of a pond can be disturbed by a single stone, your life can also be disturbed by the smallest of events.

Quite often we fail to realize that even the simplest of actions on our part can create either a positive or a negative effect on our lives. The old saying “the devil is in the details” reveals a serious truth about our chances for survival should the worst happen. Our failure to maintain a proper focus on the simple things in our life can often lead to a situation that will create a catastrophe of our own making.

A failure to properly rotate your food storage, perform simple but routine maintenance on your vehicle or forgetting to leave a note to keep others informed of your whereabouts could all lead to bigger problems. It’s important not to place yourself in a situation where your own actions can create a “ripple effect”.

If you need to “bug-out”, it’s a lot harder if you have to change a flat tire first. Wishing you had left someone a note when you find yourself stranded in an unfamiliar place won’t help your situation. Even a first aid kit with expired medications isn’t going to be very helpful either if you find yourself with a minor medical emergency and a lack of the proper means to handle it.

You should realize that even the simplest of things can have a serious effect on our lives if left unattended. Avoiding the “ripple effect” will only make you better able to handle a major crisis. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that create the biggest problems.

Got ripples in your pond?

Staying above the water!



Anonymous said...

Good post. A couple of years ago, a dead battery at the ranch stranded my brother and I for a couple of hours. It had been a very hot day and we had done a little bit of fence repair. Just a day trip, so our food was just enough for that day (Vienna sausage / bread, what we call wet back MREs :^) ).

But hardly any water. We drank the gallon containers we had brought for the trip, and a long walk to the road to my uncle's ranch was a 2 hour hike. Luckily, we had a spare gallon thats ALWAYS under the back bench seat. A little stale, but after a hard day of work, even garden hose water is tasty.

We made out just fine, thanks for the memory.

millenniumfly said...

IMO, I think that keeping up with all the little things are what make preppers... preppers BECAUSE it's a lifestyle and just not something to be done.

Ken said...

...good analogy RW,good post indeed,i've said before,preppin' is a journey,not a destination...

riverwalker said...

To; anonymous 12:52

Been stranded a few times myself and it's not a good feeling. I've also learned that water is usually the biggest factor can never have too much water.

Thanks for sharing your story.


riverwalker said...

To: milleniumfly

Total agreement here.

When it becomes an automatic part of your daily life, things get a lot easier.



riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Well said my friend!



Anonymous said...

@Anonymous - Wet Back MRE's really?

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