Outlaws

Once more on Robin Hood and the survival lessons we can learn from the legends of the Merry Men in the Sherwood Forest.

Realistically, surviving a typical medieval winter in Sherwood Forest might not have been much fun as an outlaw.

If a band of medieval outlaws in Sherwood Forest managed to survive the everyday threat of being captured or killed by the forces of (crooked) law and (dis) order, their next biggest worry would be simply how to stay alive in terms of shelter and finding something to eat and drink as medieval temperatures dropped far below the winters we experience today.

The outlaws would be by necessity nomadic, moving around within an established area unsettled in terms of any permanent storage capacity and so be unable to plant and nurture any crops or vegetables.

Staying in one place for too long risked detection by the authorities. In summertime a band of men could survive by eating as hunter-gatherers like their ancestors but with the approach of autumn and as the temperature began to drop other measures would clearly have to be adopted.

To physically exist a man requires food and drink – in cold weather he would also require a suitable shelter and a source of heat.

An outlaw band planning to stay in Sherwood Forest through the winter would have to have the means to provide themselves with all four.

The problem with not having made proper provision for winter is obvious; you will meet a cold, lonely and hungry death.

Sleeping in the open after a day spent in the open is risking hypothermia and exposure, and simply freezing to death in your sleep.

Any shortages of drink and food would result in a quicker fall in energy in the short-term and in the long-term the body’s natural resistance to cold and sickness and in both the brain’s ability to reason; death could be measured in hours. But without sleep, the body cannot function naturally.

Many people are surprised when they hear that hypothermia can occur anywhere and anytime when the air temperature is below 60F /16C the body needs to maintain a core of warmth and as the core temperature drops heat is taken from the head, resulting in a drop in circulation and energy being burned to provide heat rather than to feed the brain; the brain slows down, irrational behavior gradually grows until the subject doesn’t know what they are doing.

The effect is so gradual the subject will not realize it is happening without immediate help, they will die. A slight breeze can half the time a man could expect to be in trouble through hypothermia; a cool wind can reduce it by four times that. Our outlaws would quickly have to learn two things; to stay dry and to keep out of the wind.

In prolonged daytime temperatures of below freezing, living permanently outdoors is very risky unless you know what you are about; after dark in the same conditions, you sleep with the risk that you might never wake up again.

Credit: Jonathan C.

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Survive Tools/Knowledge

It’s one thing to prepare for a temporary disaster like an earthquake or hurricane. It’s a whole other game to prepare for a long-term disaster that cripples the power grid, communication systems, and transportation networks. Without those, we’d basically be living in the 1800’s again. To coin an adage, “it’s not a matter of if, but when.” Whether it’s man-made or nature made, disaster is around many corners. If you’re not listening to God, better get some skills; well, get some skills anyway, if not for yourself, for those around you.

Back in the day, things were very different. People were more hands-on. To get through day-to-day life, they needed all sorts of skills that many people have never even heard of. These skills were so commonplace that they were often take for granted. The average pioneer may have thought, “How could anyone not know how to make soap?”

The modern world has made life so easy there’s simply no need to learn pioneer skills. But if we face a big enough disaster, this will change fast. We’ll discuss some of these lost survival skills which are worth learning if you really want to be prepared for the end of the world as we know it. If your ancestors could to learn these skills, then so can you.

Sewing clothing by hand is going to be the norm after shopping malls and department stores become a thing of the past. You’ll need to know how to use a needle and thread. Additionally, you’ll need to know how to sew buttons and apply patches to clothing as needed.

Knitting is another useful skill you’ll want to have. Without clothing stores, you’ll need to know how to knit socks, hats and fluffy sweaters. Especially in the winter. Another benefit of knitting is the ability to make clothes that you can barter for the things you need.

Making soap will come in handy when your supply of soap runs out or is destroyed. You don’t want to risk your health by not being able to wash your hands regularly. Plus, you’ll feel much more comfortable if you can clean yourself every now and then. Fortunately, soap making is a skill that anyone can learn.

Fire starting without matches or a lighter is one of the most important skills you can learn. Lighters and matches are going to run out eventually, so you need to know how to start a fire without them. Start learning some of the primitive methods for starting a fire and how to keep it burning for hours without going out.

Candle making that uses animal fats, oils or beeswax will ensure you always have light. Your candle making ability will also give you plenty of candles to barter with.

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I’d rather be ready (for the sake of others) and not need to be, than to need to be ready only to find out it’s too late. What seems stupid to do now maybe very wise looking in the days/years ahead. We all want “peace”, but this is earth, and peace the world’s way only leads to bondage and your freedoms taken away; until true peace from God comes to earth, be ready, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Mt 10:16); stupid can happen really fast and without warning, you may be called to do things you are not ready, not trained or believe in doing.

Have faith in God, but be aware of the evil of the day (we should not be ignorant of his devices or the people that do his bidding)- We are in this together- it’s not all about you; your neighbors are all around you and they need your help, they need you to know, they need you to stand in the gap; they need your love. Evil, it’s still in the world and has not plans to leave anytime soon.

Jn 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

Jn 15:19 “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

Jn 17:14 “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

1 Jn 3:13 “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. ”

Jn 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Future Provisions

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One of the main reasons for studying how people survive, whether economically or physically, is to find lessons we can apply to our own lives and circumstances. For many years, economists have been predicting an economic collapse here in America. If you are one of the 93+ million Americans who are out of work, your own personal economy has already collapsed.

Now it’s time to consider how you will earn money, whether you are currently out of work. In the days of the Great Depression, it was common for grocers and landlords to provide credit to their customers. Today? That would be a rare occurrence.

Our ancestors would be sad to see their children (us) toiling over these uncertain times. This was suppose to be a land of freedom and a new start. What happened?

From the Depression, there is an abundance of stories of neighbors and church families showing up at the door, laden with bags and boxes of food for a needy family(this act of kindness now is becoming illegal in many cities). When a desperate mom was asked by her child, “Mama, what’s for dinner tonight?”, the response was, “Whatever the neighbors decide to bring us!” I wish I could imagine that happening today, but our communities and families have become so fractured over the past few decades it would be a rare event.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Great Depression is the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. Many continued to find ways to earn money, even when their own circumstances were dire.

To earn money, people made homemade fudge, pies and bread and sold them. Eggs could be sold for 25 cents a dozen. If a family lived near water, they could catch and sell fish, clams and crabs(this act too is becoming more and more strict). Some families grew, picked, and sold homegrown produce, and some even started lunch truck wagons (regulation of growers are also under attack).

You could also earn money selling newspapers on the corner(almost a thing of the past). Kids earned a little extra if they were promoted to “Corner Captain”, a sort of Great Depression multi-level marketing program where a kid brought in other kids to sell papers and earned a bit extra himself(no loitering now!). Odd jobs were also a popular way of making money, washing windows, loading coal, even sewing and altering clothes(days of money under the table are wearing thin).

In every case, it was a simple matter of looking around to see what people needed, what they wanted, what made them feel good about themselves and about life.

So, what skills do you have that might offer a service during a severe economic downturn? What knowledge do you have that would be helpful, even vital, to others? What products can you produce? What skills can you teach?

Ingenuity is something which can never be stolen by thieves, confiscated by a government, or lost to flood or fire. It is possible to survive during even a newer Great Depression and there is plenty to learn from those who lived through the last one.

Find a book, read, use the internet, take notes, watch videos from people who know, from those who’ve done it. Knowledge is a good thing if used to help others. And there are plenty out there who need help.

We are all in this (and will be in the future) together; let’s help one another keep going when the SHTF!

*Thanks in more part to :Frank M.

 

Education isn’t for Everyone

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‘Some day you will find what your special gift is and when you do, you will make your parents very proud of you’

One of the worst evils of today is the exaggerated importance given to so-called intelligence tests. Many other qualities besides agility in answering trick questions go into the making of human personality. A man can fail all the tests and make a wonderful life. Let me tell you what happened to a young Canadian boy.

Call him Johnnie Martin. He was the son of a carpenter, and his mother worked as a housekeeper. They lived frugal lives, saving their money for the day when they could send their son to college. Johnnie had reached the second year in high school when the blow fell. A psychologist attached to the school called the young man, just reached sixteen, into his private office and this is what he said.

‘Johnnie, I’ve been studying your marks and I’ve gone over your various tests in motor and sensory impressions – your physical examination. I’ve made a very careful study of you and your achievements.’

‘I’ve been trying hard,’ put in Johnnie.

‘That’s just the trouble.’ said the psychologist.

‘You have worked very hard indeed – but it has not helped. You just don’t seem able to get ahead in your studies. You’re just not cut out for it, and for you to remain in high school would, in my opinion, be a waste of time.’

The boy buried his face in his hands.

‘This will be hard on my mother and father,’ he said. ‘Their one idea is for me to be a college man.’

The psychologist laid his hand on the boy’s shoulder. ‘People have different kinds of talents, Johnnie,’ he said.’

‘There are painters who were never able to learn the multiplication table, and engineers who can’t sing on key. But every one of us has something special – and you are no exception. Some day you will find what your special gift is and when you do, you will make your parents very proud of you.’

Johnnie never went back to school. Jobs were scarce in town, but he managed to keep busy mowing the lawns of the householders and puttering in their flower-beds. And then a curious thing happened. Before long his customers began to notice that Johnnie had what they called a ‘green thumb’. The plants he tended grew and blossomed, and the rose trees blossomed. He fell into the habit of making suggestions for re-arranging the tiny front-yard landscapes. He had an eye for color and could make surprising combinations that pleased the eye.

One day while he was down town he happened to notice a stretch of unused land behind the city hall. Chance or fate or whatever you may like to call it brought one of the town’s alderman round the corner just at that moment. Impetuously the boy said, ‘I can make a garden out of this dump, if you’ll let me.’

‘The town’s got no money for frills,’ said the alderman.

‘I don’t want any money for it,’ said the boy – ‘I just want to do it.’

The alderman, being a politician, was astounded to find anyone who did not want money, under any and all circumstances. He took Johnnie into an office, and when the young man came out he had the authority to clean up the public eyesore. That very afternoon he borrowed extra tools and seeds and soil. Someone gave him a few young trees to plant. When others heard of it they offered rose-bushes and even a hedge. Then the town’s leading manufacturer heard of it, and volunteered to supply some benches.

Before long the dreary old dump had become a little park. There were grassy lawns and little curving walks and restful seats and little house for birds. All the towns people were talking about what a lovely improvement the young man had made.

But it was also a kind of show window for Johnnie. People saw the result of his skill and knew him for a natural landscape gardener.

That was twenty five years ago. Today Johnnie is the head of a prosperous business in landscape gardening. His customers extend into neighboring provinces.

Johnnie still cannot speak French or translate Latin, trigonometry is unknown to him. But color and light and lovely prospects are his bread and butter. His aging parents are proud of Johnnie, for he is not only a success – a man of affairs and a member of the best clubs in town – he has also made his part of the world a lovelier place to live in. Where ever he and his men go, they spread beauty before the eyes of people.

Have You Learned What Success is Yet?

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All our lives we have been told that we must work toward something. Whether it be good grades, a career, our goal has always been to make it happen and growing up, we have been groomed to chase “A dream.” But let’s be honest! Nobody’s mother or father ever told them, “Honey I want you to waste away your life watching the grass grow.”

I grew up with wanting success just as much as the next person only I thought I knew what success meant. I realize now that I had not the slightest clue what success meant.

We have all defined success by the jobs we hold, the money we make, the adventures we feel we need to take and then post it online for the world to see. Sadly though for some, we have allowed the things we own and the things we do before the world to define us in several points in our lives. I am still chasing “the dream” but in a different way.

SUCCESS to me is not what I make, show, say or do – it is what I leave behind.

I want to stand for something and make a difference where it counts. I realize that personal growth is not ABOUT ME.

I am a wife and a mother and I realize that I grow everyday in the smallest way. I watch my child, this extraordinary miracle that I was blessed with, and clarity comes to me like a slap in the face. I no longer mope around the house thinking I am useless to the world because I am not at work making money. I am doing what every mom wishes she could – being an active participant in my children’s life! I walked into this situation blindly but I am not blind to it. I remind myself that I am blessed everyday. THIS IS SUCCESS TO ME.

I look at my husband, when he does not know I am watching, and it amazes me how much in love with him I am. Never has a day gone by that I have not learned something from him. I know that I have found who God wants me to be with and I will never be alone again! THIS IS SUCCESS TO ME.

Success is doing what you love the most; what you were meant to do. Success IS personal growth. Success is the knowledge that YOU are NOT alone in the world. It is a loving family and friends. Success is health – to be able to do the simple things in life like BE HAPPY, TAKE A WALK, BREATHE…

I know that I am not done learning to be successful. As I grow, my definition of success will grow with me and God has given me the power to share and DEFINE success. SUCCESS is in my knowledge is that I DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE WORLD’S PATH.

Life is my lesson and I am it’s humble student.

Credit: S. J. & Moraldiplomat

Thanks S.J. 🙂

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Please Forgive Me (Poem)

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Forgive me please when I act out,
for the pity parties stirred from self-centeredness
and a lot of self-doubt

Forgive me please for my silent voice,
for being bothered too much by another’s noise

Forgive me please when I shout and fuss,
when I talk too much or in great anger cuss

Forgive me please for calling you names,
for gossiping and groaning because we’re
not the same

Forgive me please when I won’t forgive,
God told me I must so I can rightly live

Forgive me please when I brag and boast;
it’s inferior feelings, just so you I’ll know

Forgive me please for picking you apart;
the words steal your joy only later tearing
out my own heart

Forgive me please when I worry and fret,
for I’m human like you so don’t be upset

Forgive me please when I act better than thou,
for indeed it’s an act and you know this now

Forgive me please when I hate what I’m not,
just pray for me for that would mean a lot

Forgive me please when I bring in my past,
and make you pay for what another did last

Please forgive me as I beg your pardon;
for you’ll need it too else your heart will become
hardened

But most of all, I need God’s forgiving love,
and that assurance knowing I am His; it means so much.

I forgive you, forgive me …

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Credit: EVERYONE

Thanks in most part: B.G.J.

Mk 11:25 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. ”

Eph 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

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A man once went to a fortune teller, curious to know what she would say about his future. The fortune teller looked into her magic ball and then her facial expression said it all. The man would die, she said, involved in a bus accident. This would happen within two to three months time, but she couldn’t say exactly when. The man went home, depressed and worried telling himself how he never really believed in fortune tellers. Why should he now?

When two months passed, he had thought about what she said, day in and day out. Now he decided to lock himself in his house where he wouldn’t come close to any buses for the next month.

Another 3 weeks went by when the man came down the stairs from his bedroom to make some coffee. His little son had left his toys on the floor of which one was a little toy bus. The man stepped on the bus, after his last step down the stairs, slipped and knocked his head against the stairway railing and died instantly.

Moral of the story: “Live life on the edge, don’t lock yourself away.”

Credit : Submitted by E. Van der Nest — South Africa

“This story helped me to overcome many of my fears… Fear only has one purpose; it holds you back! Don’t let it. Carry on with your life, as fear doesn’t resolve anything. It’s like they say, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – E. Van der Nest

Thanks! E. Nest

LET IT BE!!

Key thoughts to take from this are :

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Cor 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

1 Cor 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

So keep living and keep loving 

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Please note (Disclaimer): I do not condone or support the fortune-telling or soothsayer type (psychic) of anyone. This is at best, witchcraft and should not be considered. I hope the message will trump the method.
Mic 5:12 with Gal 5:20

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