A cycle that needs to be broken


The following is a quote by Michael Hopf. I changed the word men to people because I feel it pertains to all of us.

“Hard times create strong people. Strong people create good times. Good times create weak people. And, weak people create hard times.”

This has been the cycle for many nations, and I fear America is becoming a land of weak people.

We need to break the cycle, prepare, and be strong again.

Preparation is what we have left when the plan falls apart

“Preparation is what we have left when the plan falls apart. Acquiring the skills necessary for survival is a part of this preparation. However, it takes much more than the knowledge and skills to build shelters, find food, make fires and travel without the aid of standard navigational devices to live successfully through a survival or evasion situation. Some people with little or no survival training have managed to survive life-threatening circumstances. Some people with survival training have not used their skills and have died. A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the people involved. Having survival skills and proper preparation are important. Having the will to survive is essential.”

U. S. ARMY CORPS, NAVY, AND AIR FORCE, U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide: Plus Evasion & Recovery

Survival is a game of calories

Survival is a game of calories. You are constantly trying to mitigate calorie loss and look for sources of calories that make sense. If you spend an hour trying to grab a small fish in a frigid pool of water, you’ve lost hundreds of calories to gain just a few calories (and that’s assuming that you catch the little fish). It just doesn’t make sense. Sure, you’re hungry and bored, but the reward has to justify the expense. Stay mindful of your calorie intake and expenditures, and you’re more likely to make smart choices.

TIM MACWELCH, “3 Tricks for Staving Off Hunger in a Survival Situation”, Outdoor Life, June 20, 2017