Mary, a reader from England, shared her thoughts about becoming self sufficient in two comments on my last post. She would very much like to be or become self sufficient but basically thinks that the reality of the situation is that it’s not possible.
She pointed out that we don’t dig for our own gasoline, don’t grow and spin and weave cotton to then sew into clothing, or make our own paint to paint fences etc.
Mary’s points are well taken since it’s next to impossible to be “self-contained” and make and do everything for yourself in our world. But the positive side that we can point out is —- we won’t always need to do everything — even in a crisis situation.
Should a time of intense difficulty and danger come up us our priority will be our survival rather than things like getting paint to paint a fence. And no one will be digging their own gas — but rather looking for gas that is already available. Clothes which will already exist will be used more to protect the body and keep it warm rather than fashion.
It’s wisdom to give some thought to the future and what we can do now to help make things easier when dangerous times come upon us.
There is never any guarantee in life that we’ll be fine — even if we do everything we can think of to prepare. But — it is our responsibility to do for ourselves as best we are able.
Self sufficiency is as much an attitude as a condition. We should make every effort to strive to take care of ourselves — not only for our own comfort and protection — but so we will not be a burden to others.
While others leave their pantries bare — or with only a 3 or 4 day supply of food – Mary and her husband have planned ahead. They’ve stocked enough to help get them through a “3 month siege”. Their pantry is “crammed to the gunnel’s with basic food stuffs such as flour, eggs, jams, honey, pasta, spices, dried herbs, dried fruit and pulses (like dried bean and lentils) and other items which don’t perish in a short time. ”
I’d call that a “self-sufficient” attitude.
Other things to consider for times of danger and hardship are:
- Do you have a flashlight you can depend on?
- Do you a radio that works on batteries?
- Do you have a means to purify water to drink without using electricity?
- Do you have some bottled water already on hand?
- Do you have ways to cook without your stove or oven?
- How will you protect yourself if you have to?
Teaching our young children to do things for themselves could mean the difference in their survival as well as our own.
Again — there is no guarantee in this life — but we are still responsible for doing our very best. And each of us knows when we’ve accomplished that.
Wishing you the very best always —