xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' October 2013 ~ The Prepared Guy

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Prepper is...

I assume that many of us Preppers grew up as Boy Scouts.  Maybe that assumption is not true for many of you but for me and many other preppers it is.  If you were not a Boy Scout then you likely spent time in the mountains with a parent or other influential person and have grown to appreciate nature and the outdoors.  Growing up in with these influences and spending time in the wild naturally engenders certain traits, skills and qualities in a person.

The oath, motto and law of the BS of A express these qualities quite well.  These proclamations are an appropriate way to describe what I believe to be true qualities of a prepper. 

The Scout Law: A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

After many years these phrases are still engrained in my mind. They continue to influence most of my daily choices.  I believe the reason they make such an impact on me is because these are not just simple traits instilled by the Boy Scout program, but they are truths, plain and desirable qualities in any youth or adult.  They are also easily applied to those who consider themselves to be preppers as well.      

A prepper is Trustworthy.  When it comes to keeping the confidence of a friend no one does it better than a prepper.  We understand this better than most, I suspect.  We need and even require confidence in and from others.  The significance of having a unique bond with another that is created through trust is indispensable, especially in a survival situation. 

A prepper is Loyal.  Actually, this is an understatement; fiercely loyal would be more accurate.  Loyalty to family, friends, and other important people in our lives is the primary motivation and reasons why we do what we do.  We feel an intense responsibility to keep them safe and to provide for their needs, even more so than for our own.  We neglect our own needs until only after those we love are taken care of first.  We follow our intuition and instinct then do our best to share that knowledge appropriately.    
A prepper is Helpful.  If someone is in need of a helping hand, whether in our own neighborhoods or on the side of the road, I would confidently bet that the first one to respond is a prepper.  We have learned though our own personal experience that providing help to others is both gratifying and meaningful.       

A prepper is Friendly.  We are a friendly bunch, really, I promise.   It can be somewhat difficult to spread the word of preparedness without this trait.  Many of us keep to ourselves but that does not mean we don’t fit into this category.  Our desire to be helpful is our cause to reach out and be friendly, but you do still have to earn our trust and loyalty.  Many of us may appear to be rough around the edges but in many cases appearances are deceiving.  A prepper would be willing to give you the shirt off their back, because they have a dozen others to replace it with.      
A prepper is Courteous.  The abovementioned traits naturally and almost always automatically cause each of us preppers to be constantly looking out for others.   Other similar words that describe preppers are; polite, well-mannered, considerate, civil and even gracious. 
A prepper is Kind.  Kindness is a quality of those who are courteous and shows genuine caring for another.  Preppers are never short on compassion for those who desire and are working toward becoming prepared.  We are sympathetic to those who are not prepared and desire for them to understand and prepare.

A prepper is Obedient.  Although some of the laws of the land may contradict ones beliefs about the natural laws of God a prepper is obedient in spite of them.  A prepper is even more specifically obedient to the laws of God and realizes that our country was founded by inspired men of God to accomplish his purposes of making men free to choose for themselves.   

A prepper is Cheerful.  “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear”.  Being cheerful takes a conscious effort.  Taking away the fear of uncertainty by being prepared allows us to be happy even in uncertain times.

A prepper is Thrifty.  You’re darn right we’re thrifty!  Prepping is not easy and it’s not cheap.  We have to stretch our budgets paper thin to be able to reach our goals of being prepared.   We buy quality because we need it to last.  We buy US made products because we love our country and want to support our own economy and people.  We take care of what we have because we realize how valuable our time and efforts are.   

A prepper is Brave.  Preppers have the spirit of courage.  We are bold and have the desire to do what is right.  These qualities will allow us to do extraordinary things that may seem dangerous or frightening to others.  The character of a prepper is one that shows strength and calmness when things get tough.

A prepper is Clean.  This meaning of clean applies to spirit, mind, and body.  The thoughts of a prepper are oriented toward others which help to keep their minds on the task at hand.  A prepper understands the importance of sanitation in order to stay healthy.  If you’re not healthy you will be the one in need of help, instead of being the one who is providing help.  Our belief in God is the reason we prep; because we understand the signs of the times and we believe what the scriptures say.  All of these aspects of being clean are a very important part of prepping.  Being spiritually prepared is just as important as making preparations for your temporal needs.  
A prepper is Reverent.  We are respectful to God, nature and our fellow men and acknowledge that only by giving respect do we gain respect.

The Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

I wouldn’t be able, and thus have not attempted, to reword this oath any better than it is already.  I feel that this still applies to me just as much as a prepper as it did when I was a scout. 

What is our duty to God and country?  That is best left for you to determine and personalize for yourself.  I’m not gonna tell you what your duty it.  I hope that since you are preparing you already have a clear picture of what your duty is and are continually working over it in your mind.  However, to help other people at all times needs no interpretation.  If your neighbors whom you love and respect come asking for your help in their time of need would you turn them away?  My response is resounding: Of course not.      

The Scout Motto: Be Prepared. 

I guess I really took this one to heart.  It has been my lifestyle ever since I realized what it meant to be prepared when I was young.  Over the years I have had my share of experiences that stressed the meaning and the need. 

The Scout Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily!
Do something deliberate every day to help better prepare your family. 

Hopefully I have reminded you of a few things that will help guide you in your preparations. 

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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