The Rich are Prepping

F.Y.I. Survival Tidbit

Early in 2017, the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time ever, but rather than celebrating, some of the richest of the rich built bunkers to prepare for a potential apocalypse.

These “preppers” are making other investments too. They’re buying houses in New Zealand, which has become a popular spot in case of calamity. And they’re getting elective surgery. You just need so many things to ride out the apocalypse.

The political climate has made many coastal elites anxious about the future.

To some degree, we all collectively take it on faith that our country works, that our currency is valuable, the peaceful transfer of power — that all these things we hold dear work because we believe they work. While they are quite resilient, and we’ve been through a lot, certainly we’re going to go through a lot more.

Doomsday prepping crosses political lines. When Barack Obama (AKA Barry Soteoro) was (S)elected to his second term, conservative preppers hunkered down, collecting canned goods and gold coins and buying products hawked by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity..

Today’s preppers are investing in tech-based currencies like Bitcoin as well as in precious metals, since they’re looking to secure assets in systems not tied to the stability of government structures.

More than half of Silicon Valley billionaires have outfitted themselves for a crisis, whether with a bunker, second home or vacation spot.

It runs the gamut from a lot of people stocking up on Bitcoin and crypto-currency, to figuring out how to get second passports if they need it, to having vacation homes in other countries that could be escape havens.

After all, the same imagination that powers Silicon Valley can also terrify it.

When you think big, it’s common to take things ad infinitum, and that leads you to utopias and dystopias.

The Valley’s preppers have the resources to help soothe their troubled minds.

The tech preppers do not necessarily think a collapse is likely. They consider it a remote event, but one with a very severe downside, so, given how much money they have, spending a fraction of their net worth to hedge against this, is a logical thing to do.

Credit: Jonathan C.

Thanks for lending Jonathan!

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The Best We Can Do

The Communist Regime in Eastern Europe ended so recently (1989), plenty of us can still remember it, and even know people who lived under communism and survived.

Even though the regime ended in 1989, some things about the hardships of day-to-day life in a communist country are noteworthy and can teach us a lot about survival.

Communications were very bad since there were no mobile phones. If you wanted to talk with someone, you had to go to the post office and use a pay phone as most people didn’t have one in their apartments. The T.V. schedule lasted a couple hours each night and was filled with communist propaganda. Finding out news was a matter or walking to work or around the apartment building talking with people.

Food was scarce, not because the countries didn’t produce it but because the heads of state were obsessed with staying debt free. Things like meat or exotic fruit were rare.

The transportation system was awful. Buses and trains would do the job but they were cold, uncomfortable and ran on a fixed schedule. Trains in would sometimes have 2-3 hours delays and were very unreliable. Very few people had cars. It could take up to 7 years to get one and they broke down often. In an EMP situation, mobility will be reduced unless you have an EMP-proof car, knowledge to fix it, and means to procure gas.

Electricity and running water would stop very often and there was no word as to when it would come back on. To stay warm if there was no heat in the autumn or winter, families would simply wear several layers of clothes. To stay cool during hot summer nights, people would sleep on the floor.

This information proves just how much we can learn from our ancestors.

Just because things seem to be moving in the right direction with all the medical and technological advancements, doesn’t mean they can’t take a turn for the worse.

Our European ancestors fled after some fighting; but for our sakes, they sought this new world- America. We can stand and fight or be refugees to another country. We have some choices- but if you stay and fight, be armed, and be ready; it’s just a matter of time before things go sour in the land of the fee.

The best we can do is focus on our survival, on taking care of our loved ones, and, if need be, to stand and fight for our liberties.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Credit: Frank M.

***Thanks Frank; good lesson. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

The EMP Bucket Project (LINK)

“Ya know, for what ever reason and for ever how lengthy; sooner (probably sooner) or later, the lights are going to go out- will it be because of an electro-magnetic “Oooops!” pulse (or on purpose) ?”

What You Think About

I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, which is the title of a best-selling book published in 1952 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a controversial preacher and pastor who popularized the idea that if you can change your attitude, you can change your life. He urged people to consciously encourage themselves to be optimistic and enthusiastic, to believe in the power, anointings and blessings God put in us, to refuse to dwell on negative thoughts, and to visualize overcoming. He also vigorously advocated forgiveness, gratitude, and surrendering; allowing God to build your character.

Who could argue with that? Apparently, the entire psychiatric community (misguided/non-spirituals). His theories evoked universal criticism from psychiatrists (carnal people), who labeled his advice shallow, simplistic, and possibly dangerous. They believed that, ultimately, those who tried his methods would end up disillusioned and worse off than before. He was labeled a confidence man and a charlatan.

I was surprised to discover that even Dr. Martin Seligman, the father of the ‘Positive Psychology’ movement in 1998, nearly a half century after Dr. Peale’s book, vociferously sought to distinguish ‘positive thinking’ from ‘positive psychology.’ He called positive thinking an ‘unproven and dangerous’ armchair activity.

Certainly these are legitimate concerns that some people might be so taken by the ‘self-hypnosis’ of positive thinking that they foolishly or naively ignore risks and deny demonstrable negative realities, but these concerns are no better documented than Dr. Peale’s claims. In fact, Dr. Seligman and his colleagues launched scientific research proving the huge value of positive attitudes and optimism in producing happiness and mental well-being.

Perhaps Dr. Peale oversold his theories, but millions of people believe that his message gave them a new strategy that made them happier and more successful. Clearly, extreme unreflective optimism can mask risks that need to be considered by prudent people, but I suspect more people suffer because of negativism than optimism.

Even today, I find these Peal-isms appealing and useful:

• If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

• Imagination is the true magic carpet.

• It’s always too early to quit.

• Success consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is itself a victory.

• The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

• We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.

• Action is a great builder of confidence . . . Any action is better than no action at all.

• Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

• Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you.

• Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture . . . Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

• Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.

• Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.

• Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

• The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself (God), the more energy you will have.

• There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

• We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.

• We tend to get what we expect.

And God’s Word says this: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …” –Prov 23:7

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, …” –Eph 3:20

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Phil 4:8 

Side Notes: ‘We do live in the end times as it were; the world is evil,…and, getting worse. We need to be aware of pitfalls and in spite of the teachings of the day, we need to avoid bad people. Yes, there are people who nearly live to make the world an awful place, lies, fake news- at the end of the day truth triumphs!

We don’t need to dwell on the evils of the day, we need to be positive and make helping others a priority. Those “bad” people, they will fill the day up with enough negativity and spawn wicked children. Our focus should be to point them in the right direction; good morals and raising them to fear God. We don’t talk much about God anymore; at least in the right context, but I assure you, He’s still watching and listening. Let’s set the standard-be the example and teach by doing.’

 

What’s Holding You Back?

Have you ever met someone who (even for a moment) gave you a different perspective on life?

On a Sunday morning, I saw something very interesting as I went to do my grocery shopping. To get to my green grocer, I have to cross a bridge that goes over railway tracks. The bridge is pretty high. A steep set of steps has to be climbed, then the bridge plateaus, followed by coming down another set of steps. On my way back from the green grocer, I saw an elderly gentleman running up the steps. He was wearing white runners, black shorts, and a dark blue polo shirt with horizontal white stripes. After watching him run up the steps so fast, I thought that he must be in a rush.

Before I knew it, he had crossed the bridge, and then he ran back to where he started. To my surprise, he did not stop. All he did was turn around, and then go up and down the bridge again. He was not struggling, and seemed to enjoy going up and down the bridge. Being a fitness fanatic myself, I admired his ability to cross the bridge so quickly. My curiosity got the better of me, and I approached him for a quick chat.

“Excuse me sir. Are you training for an event?” I inquired.

He stopped and smiled. “No, not training for an event. Well, I am training for life” he said with a broad smile on his face as sweat covered his brow.

I told him that I admired his level of fitness, and that I hoped to be as fit as he is when I get to his age.

He said that everyone has a choice about what they do with their life. “I am no different” he added.

Further intrigued, I asked “What drives you to maintain your fitness?”

That is when he opened up to me.

“I used to be a cyclist” he replied. “Competing in cycling events is what I loved and enjoyed.”

Then he told me about why he stopped cycling. While cycling one day, he was hit by a car. Initially, it was thought that he may never walk again. He refused to believe that.

“Oh by the way, my name is Arthur. What is your name young man?” he asked.

I put my right hand forward to shake his hand, and told him my name. Arthur continued his story, and said that he wanted to regain his fitness. So, he was determined not to let the accident be a setback. His determination paid off, and he was back on his feet again. His passion for life and for fitness is what makes him cross that bridge multiple times. It is all part of his exercise regime, which he said he would never take for granted.

He further added “Yes, you will have obstacles in life.” Followed by something which really empowered me, “Why let that hold you back?”

Totally blown away by his story, I told him that it was an honor to meet a role model like him. I thanked him for the chat, shook his hand, and let him continue with his exercise. He thanked me for taking interest in his story and for having a chat with him. As I walked away, my admiration for him grew even more. I kept thinking about what a warrior he is, and how people like him empower others to make the most out of life.

There are many Arthur’s out there in the world. You just have to meet them.

After reading this story, my questions to you are:

* Which bridge will you cross in order to live with passion and purpose? It does not have to be a physical bridge. It may be an obstacle or hurdle in life which you must overcome.

* Will you allow setbacks to hold you back? Or will you have a mental resolve like Arthur has, and let your determination drive you forward no matter what lies ahead?

* What types of decisions will you make that will allow you to get through/around anything in front of you which may have the capacity to hold you back?

* What will it mean to you if you formed an attitude like Arthur’s and you became an unstoppable force in your life?

Arthur is a prime example of a human being whose determination outweighed any setbacks or obstacles that life threw at him. Sometimes we take our abilities for granted. We may feel that we are just the average person, and there is nothing special about us. The next time you feel that you are “ordinary”, please look deep inside and search for that unstoppable character which is waiting to make an impact on the world.

Quote: “There is an entire world out there waiting for you to bring out your best. Don’t keep them waiting.” – Eric Thomas

I hope I have given you a simple insight into overcoming obstacles and living with passion and purpose.

1 Tim 6:12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

2 Tim 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: …

Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  …”

Words Spoken in Season

People will probably forget what you said and they will possibly forget what you did . . . but they will never forget how you made them feel!

Either a good or bad word from someone will stay with you for a long while – but how they made you feel in what they said – will stay with you forever!!! “A word spoken in due season can change a life.”

Of course there’s two sides to this principle (as there is for most things in life) – both equally important!!!

One aspect is the negative, destructive one. If we drive a nail into something, or a knife into someone (whether real or virtual) – even when we remove them – the resulting damage, or scar, remains forever !!! Please stay aware of that – without focusing on it.

The other aspect of this principle – the one we really should focus on – is the power of encouragement !!!

The power of uplifting words or actions to another individual – or group of people – is almost impossible to measure – but the results will be sustainable if the words or actions are used consistently !!!

Many of us are in the practice of using positive words, God’s very own words- affirmations to keep us uplifted – to overcome some deep adversity in our lives that has left a scar. It is a great way to achieve good things and to maintain a constant “feel good” mentality and empowering our souls.

Just one little chunk of encouragement from someone else is usually far more uplifting (by a factor of ten – at least) and the affects longer-lasting.

My suggestion to you is to give encouragement on a daily basis – and if you’re not particularly good at it – then try it for just one week and see how it feels – and observe the change in the dynamics of the people around you – they will be incredible ….. once they’re over the shock 🙂 One week of successful encouragement will change your entire life – because it will become a great habit !!!

Sure – it’s easy to say nothing if someone in our lives does something that involves some level of achievement (no matter how large or small) – but your life (and theirs) will become far richer and more fulfilling if you can learn to give genuine praise and encouragement !!! It may not even be achievement just yet – they may only be ‘trying’ to do something – but just not quite getting there (?).

Your positive help just may allow them to reach the goal that they are so desperately seeking. Give it a go – you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose – and so much to gain !!!

If you’re striving for a particular goal yourself – let persistence, patience, love, courage; faith in God be your closest friends – you’ll get there!!!

Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ”

Prov 15:23 “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Talents

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Do you remember some of the things you believed when you were very young? Some of them were probably quite childish. However, you may find that if you look closer at certain “stupid” childhood beliefs; you will find some insights for personal growth. Let me explain.

Children are familiar with fairy tales. A common element of a fairy tale is a ‘magic wand’ that has the power to turn pumpkins into carriages, toads into princes and rags into riches. As a child, you may have wished that you had a magic wand.

But as an adult, you may think that it was childish to believe in the power of a magic wand. If you look at the belief closer, you will see that the only stupid part of the belief is that you need a fancy stick to evoke powers.

You don’t need a magical stick; because you were born with immense capabilities and therefore the power to create (or walk in blessing) many of the things in your life which you desire.

With every decision that you make and every action you take (good or bad), it is as if you wave a magic wand. But by making optimum and moral choices and performing the related actions, you have the ability to have loving relationships, financial security and many other good things in life. You have to have faith in Someone bigger than you to provide for your needs.

Face it, you need God for all these things. You can do and say some things wisely, but not consistently. Nevertheless, the need for a magic item or talisman is wrongly placing your faith.

Superheroes have superpowers. Did you ever dream of having your very own superpowers? Most superheroes gained their superpowers and motivation for saving the world as a result of some unfortunate accident or circumstance……….

Spider-man gained his powers when he was bit by a radioactive spider. Batman witnessed the murder of his parents as a child leading him to train himself to the peak of physical and intellectual perfection; and attempting to rid the world of crime.

It is true that “the strongest steel goes through the hottest fire”. You’ve experienced trials and tribulations, which have given you more strength of character and compassion for others. Isn’t that what being a superhero is all about – strength and compassion?

You can choose to walk in strength and compassion, we truly need the Lord God and His strength to truly walk in superhuman strength and love.

As a young child, you may have feared monsters under your bed or in the closest. If you did, you can now see that this was crazy because there was nothing there, and therefore nothing to be afraid of.

As an adult, you no longer fear monsters under the bed; but you may fear uncertainty, relationships, things to come, the unknown or failure. Many of these fears are as illogical as the fear of monsters under the bed. Illogical fears can interfere with the power of the magic wand that you were born with and the superpowers you have acquired. Illogical fears may even cause you to be unaware of these powers that you possess. And fear always hinders strength and love. You cannot walk in love towards people and be afraid at the same time.

To put this into a practical context; many of you reading this write now have God-given you abilities that you can use to regulate and control external and internal influences in your life.

Let’s call these abilities, “talents”. By using your talents, you can be the person that you need to be, have rewarding relationships with others, deal with life’s upsets and live a more fulfilling life.

Unfortunately, many adults let illogical fears prevent them from acknowledging their talents and putting them to use. Learning about and using your talents is easier than you might think.

First, acknowledge and thank God for giving them to you. Second, see your fears for the “monsters under the bed” which they are. Next, acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with your talents (strong points-gifts) and then; utilize them to benefit others.

Your talents include things like God’s anointing in a certain area, positive thoughts and speech, controlling unproductive worry, encouraging others in strength and better outlooks, managing stress; helping other people overcome theirs, solving problems, resolving compatibility issues with others and dealing with disappointments.

There are many, many more. You don’t need any special skills or book knowledge; you need only be alert, resourceful close to God and motivated.

The challenge is not only to let go of your illogical fears and discover the power of God’s anointing in your life; but also to recognize the pumpkins that can be turned into carriages and remember that you have the power to do it. 😉

If you want to live your life with more happiness, strength and courage – quit believing in monsters under your bed, pray, ask God about your talents, identify your opportunities and challenges; in this day and time everyday forward will present challenges never before seen in this country. Use your power to create good for those around you- people around you are hurting and you are carrying someone’s miracle!

Matthew 25:24-30

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Pleasant Words, Unpleasant Words= Power

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Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

‘A speaker was speaking about the power of positive thinking and the power of words.

One of the audience raised his hand and said,

“It’s not because I say good fortune, good fortune, good fortune that will make me feel better. Nor will saying bad luck, bad luck, bad luck, make me feel worse. They’re only words and, by themselves, have no power.”

The speaker replied. “Shut up, you fool, you don¹t understand a thing about this.”

The member of the audience was stunned, his face became red and he was about to reply,

“You, son of a…”
The speaker raised his hand.

“Please excuse me. I didn’t mean to upset you. Please accept my most sincere apologies.”

The member of the audience calmed down. Some people in the hall murmured; others shuffled their feet.

The speaker resumed. “There’s the reply to the question you asked me. A few words made you very angry. The other words calmed you down.”

“Now do you understand the power of words?”

Matthew 12:37 “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

Proverbs 6:2 “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”

Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

Matthew 21:21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”

Our Words Have Power

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