Don’t be afraid to see what you see. This may determine whether or not you survive.

Don’t be afraid to see what you see.

~ Ronald Reagan

I don’t remember when I first came across this quote, but it’s been on my mind a lot the last week or two. Here’s what I’m seeing:

1.  Indian military increasing their numbers and strength along their border with China.

2.  China and Japan talking like two countries almost ready to go to war.

3.  An American ambassador murdered in Libya.

4.  Masses of angry demonstrators at U.S. embassies around the Muslim world, stirred up by purposeful leaks of an obscure video.

5.  A second downgrade of American debt this year.

6.  Ships from multiple countries massing in the Persian Gulf.

7.  Increased talk of Israel attacking Iran.

8.  120 “non-aligned” nations gather in Iran for a week of discussions. America was not invited.

9.  Ben Bernanke announces that the Fed will continue pumping money into the economy indefinitely.

10. Congressional testimony on September 13, stated that an EMP could be deadly to 70-90% of the American population

Meanwhile, in my neck of the woods, there are few signs of new business popping up, unless you count all the new Goodwill stores. A house across the street has had a, “For Sale,” sign out front for more than 2 months now, and it seems the only people being hired are these:

These sign holders are all over the city of Phoenix. At least they have a job.

So, if I’m not afraid to see what I see, what does all of it mean?

Without having a crystal ball or any ability to predict the future, I’d say the world is heading for a climactic moment. It may very well be the beginning of another world war, unless, somehow, leaders with cooler heads prevail.

Some have already given up. They’re ready to walk into the tsunami, accepting death like a good little victim. On recent commenter said, “When I see that mushroom cloud, I’m heading right for it.” I suppose for someone with no loved ones, no family connections, that might be an acceptable solution, but for those of us with children, giving up simply isn’t an option as I explain in this video, “It’s a Matter of Trust.”

The question for millions of moms and dads is this: What can I do now to insulate the ones I love from a future catastrophe? Here are a few simple things you can do today.

  1. Pay close attention to current events at every level, international, national, state, and local. Yes, the stress of everyday life can take most of our energy and attention, but if you want to protect your brood, awareness is the first step.
  2. Set aside political arguments. Did it really matter who was actually at the helm of the Titanic when it went down? Would anyone have survived that disaster if passengers and crew alike stood around pointing fingers of blame? You can blame or you can take action. Which is going to benefit you and your family most?
  3. Decide that you will survive and that you will take immediate action to prepare. Once that decision is made, it’s a little like lighting a candle. A path begins to appear and you know what has to be done.
  4. Assess your financial situation. It’s far better to face a crisis with a little extra money on hand (not in the bank!). What do you have that you can sell? How confident are you in the future of your investment and retirement accounts? More and more Americans are cashing out those accounts, accepting the tax hits and penalties in favor of having money they can put to use now in case of hyperinflation, bank closures, or a government desperate enough to confiscate hard-earned money. Don’t say it can’t happen here!
  5. Begin to keep 3 lists: To Do, To Learn, and To Buy. As you start preparing and researching, you’ll be flooded with ideas and probably overwhelmed by what must be done. These 3 lists will keep you focused. When you’re focused, it’s harder to panic because there’s something else that has to be done. I’ve found that idle time increases my worry but when I get busy and do something, I’m focused on more productive thoughts.
  6. Plan for the most likely crises first. A collapse of the dollar or a world war aren’t unthinkable, but with winter around the corner, a freak winter storm or late-season hurricane may pose a more immediate danger to your family. The beauty of preparing is that when you prepare for one event, you’re better prepared for others.

Finally, imagine for a moment that today’s date is September 21, 1928. A crystal ball has given you a vision of the future and you know for certain that the Great Depression lies ahead. How will you live from this moment forward? How will you spend your money? Will that knowledge make a difference in how you raise your children and how you spend your time? In a sense, that’s the moment you are living in right now. It’s hard to imagine that all the unfolding events around us will soon melt away and it will be Happy Days Are Here Again. Use this bit of time to make smart decisions.

There’s peace and power in being ready for anything, and those that we love are counting on us.


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  1. says

    Well said. I’ve got two boys approaching service age, and current world events scare the bejeezus out of me. I don’t have control over anyone else’s actions, but I can control my own, so we are preparing as best we can.

    I’ll be sharing this on the Common Sense Homesteading page a bit later. Heading out to the garden to gather just a little bit more of whatever we can salvage after an early frost.

  2. inSANEmom says

    Just this week I took my 13 year old son to a semi-automatic firearms training class. He loves the “sport” of shooting and this NRA approved class taught him how to safely handle our guns and he had an instructor on the range with him, helping him with his stance, grip, and sighting. These are all things I have taught him as well, but of course, coming from the cool NRA dude, it was received even better! I of course continue to keep the guns appropriately locked up even though I trust he will be safe with the firearms. I pray that he will never have to point the gun at anything but a paper target, but if he has to, I am confident that this training, and continued practice a couple times per month at the range, will help him protect himself and others should it all hit the fan and he need to have this skill. I would much rather he know it now… Than have to teach him when things have gone bad, he’s scared, and we are short on time to practice the skill.

  3. jaylee says

    This is a great post, and it really speaks to what a lot of us have been feeling as we watch the news the last two weeks. It feels as though something is imminent, though I hope not. I’m a Christian and I don’t want to live in fear, but I do feel an urgency to increase my prepping efforts. I’m the only one in my family that is actively preparing, and what I’ve done so far is very inadequate. My biggest concern is that I am currently caring for a bedridden elderly parent, so I pray that if something does occur, we will still be able to SAFELY stay in her home in the inner city. I appreciate the wealth of information on your website — especially love the webinars — and I’ve directed one of my sisters to your site as she’s ready to begin to prepare. Thank you for all you share and God bless!

  4. Stealth Spaniel says

    Absolutely outstanding article! You always can get me motivated, organized, and thinking with your positive-can do-spirit! Thanks from the Spaniel Family.

  5. Heidi says

    Great video! You are the best at speaking to my Mothers heart. Thank you for all you do to help us prepare. Your research and hard work is very much appreciated.

  6. Annie says

    Fabulous article and video! My husband and I always say “if it was just us, it’d be no problem. We’d bug out & live off the land..(or whatever the situation called for).” But since we have 3 small girls, one of our biggest fears is having them look to us & say “We’re hungry (or whatever). Why didn’t you get more or do more?” It might not be enough yet, but thanks to your website & book, Lisa, we are getting there fast!

  7. Lindyrb says

    Excellent video, Lisa! What a great way to reach out and talk about the subject in a non-threatening way. So many people new to the concept laugh and walk away as soon as somebody shows up in camo and starts talking about bunkers and buckets of wheat. But this puts it in terms that will get the message though to them.

    That plus the article (which is great too!) would be a great “first contact” page to introduce people to the idea of preparedness.


  8. RightWingMom says

    Excellent and timely article and video!
    Like our family motto says, “Prepared NOT scared!”

    I’m feeling a sense of increasing urgency that our society is about to face a perfect storm. However, I rest easy because the Lord convicted my heart years ago that something was coming and to become prepared physically, emotionally, and spiritually. No prepper ever feels 100% ready but there is a security and trust that comes from listening to, and obeying, that quiet voice. God is in control, but He expects us to listen and do our part too.


  9. says

    Great points you make in this video! One thing I tell people about preparedness, especially those with the “rather not survive” attitude, is that I prep in case the end of the world isn’t actually the end of the world.

  10. says

    14 years ago today, we Puertorricans were beaten by Hurricane George’s cat.4 winds of destruction. Weeks followed without power, phone services, and other services, both private and gubernatorial. Many have learned to prepare, most are just “leaners ” who expect someone else to take care of them. I even remember the incredible cases of “ice -jacking “;the elderly being attacked for a bag of ice. May we never get to live through that again, but I’m afraid these and worse is going to be part of our history, not too far in the future.

  11. deereverywhere says

    I, too, have noticed the up tick in stuff I cannot control. The weather and all the natural disasters, floods, droughts hurricanes, earthquakes has escalated to unprecedented rates.

    I agree with you, keep busy! Doing something is better than doing nothing. If I take care of my family, then that leaves less burden on those who will try to help others in a disaster situation. Plus, being prepared means that we will not have to wait for someone to show up and take care of us. We will be in a better situation than people waiting for someone to come to offer disaster relief. Being prepared means that we have a certain amount of comfort from the beginning of the disaster. We can rely on ourselves. Self reliance is a really good feeling. Thank for your insight!

  12. Pepper says

    This seems so “right on” to me. I have been trying to prepare for a good while now and have quite a bit of food storage, water and emergency equipment, etc., but still have a way to go. I pray everyday to know what else I need to do. It is so frustrating to know so many people totally ignore the warning signs and do nothing to prepare. I so appreciate your posts! Keep on getting the word out.

  13. JK5 says

    The second thing you listed, in your simple steps, is exactly what I have been saying to my friends. Ultimately it does not matter if it this party or that political party. What matters is, what are you going to do to survive? What are you going to do? Are you going to point one finger with four pointing back at you? Or, are you going to take action and make your life a little less worse off? Right now, I know my gov’t is not going to be able to help all of us. I know, I feel it, I see it. So, I am working hard to make my family as prepared as we can be. I HAVE TO DO THIS. I am COMPELLED TO DO THIS! It is my purpose. To prepare and teach my family skills and make it fun while doing it, is my passion! I can handle most things. However, seeing my little ones suffer something I could prevent, that I can’t handle. I can’t handle watching my kids being hurt or suffering well at all. I show a strong face, but behind the closed bedroom or bathroom door, I let it out. Having a child with a serious food allergy has shown me just how strong I am as a mother. It showed me, I can do what I need to in time of a bad situation, without fear when I am prepared, educated about what her worse case situation, and mentally strong enough. So, if I can keep my child calm and focused when they are in a life threating emergency, I can prepare my family. Thank you for you article. I am sharing it agian and again. If I can get one person to prepare, then that is one more person who will not be a threat to me later.

  14. Hamish says

    Actually this is by far the safest period in human history. We have never been healthier or had longer life expectancies. More Americans die taking a bath than fall victim to terrorism or war.

    • Lynda says

      Actually, America has never been more obese and the projections for this don’t look so good with an even higher percentage expected within a decade.

      I grew up during the cold war and while we were taught to “duck and cover” I’m actually more concerned right now with the possibility of war, cyber attacks, and at times, an EMP attack. Sure, we could survive without the grid but for those who must rely on electricity, the food delivery system, medicines, hospital services the picture wouldn’t be so rosy. Last October, here in Massachusetts and in some parts of Connecticut, we were without power for nearly a week. We did just fine but there were casualties, a death in the next town(elderly person who had no heat) and a FEMA line for one community in CT. Since my road has well water most had to get bottled water, take showers at relative’s homes(in another town), wait in line at DD’s for coffee and use emergency shelters set up at schools in the area. That super center Wal-Mart was closed for 3 days, ATMs weren’t working and the lines at the gas stations were long. My question is simply this: how long do you think the vast majority of people could exist without these services if they weren’t prepared and a significant event took place? New England winters can be very harsh; no heat, no back up plan, no lights, no cash and no food in the house. Think there wouldn’t be a problem?

    • m. says

      Which is exactly why people have fallen into a false sense of security. They see those facts and say “See? Nothing bad is going to happen!”. That is the very reason we are so vulnerable.

  15. Brian says

    Frankly, I don’t see having no electricity or electric/electronic equipment as being as deadly as claimed (#10). Prepare yourself to live without it and you’ll be fine. Our ancestors built much of this country without electricity.

    • Glacialhills says

      Yes Brian, our ancestors lived well without all our modern gadgets and would hardly blink if the grid went down back then, and if all there was to it is no electricity it would only be very, VERY inconvenient but survivable for us with no lights or heat or air conditioning, refrigeration or American idol on tv, unfortunately, all food is now delivered through “on time” schedules unlike by horse and wagon like back then, leaving cities to starve when no trains or trucks would run.All systems are computer controlled including municipal water and all those systems completely rely on the power grid to operate,No power in this day equals no food,water,heat,cooling for a majority of the US population and the bigest one, Nuclear plants only have a 1 to 2 week supply of backup diesel to power cooling pools after that with no resupply, Fukushima x 1000.

      It wont be the lack of electricity by itself that will be devastating, it will be the cascading failures of all the countries systems, all at once, going down that will cause the mass casualties.

  16. James says

    My grandparents saw the collapse of the American economy and the beginning and end of 2 world wars and several major conflicts where Americans died in vast numbers……they lived to be 98 and 87.

    My parents held their breath while Kennedy stood ground with Russia…they saw their jobs vanish in the 80’s and our embassy in Iran taken over….They saw fuel become scarce and food prices force many to live on Hamburger helper…. they lived to be 79 and 83.

    I grew up knowing that the Soviets could nuke us at any moment….watching 300+ Americans die in Beirut and the price of fuel go from 59 cents to 4+ dollars a gallon. I’ve seen riots in L.A. first hand and stood on foreign soil with a gun in my hand while oil fields exploded around me……..I’m still alive.

  17. plainjane says

    One of the things I am doing to prepare is birthing at home and now home educating my children. I don’t live in USA and gun ownership is not common. I do everything I can to support other women who want to birth outside the medical indu$try.I am building a supportive community and community kknowledge and trust.

  18. H. (eyes wide open) says

    Well said. The last two weeks have ignited my adrenaline and makes my stomach feel like it is in my throat. I have been trying to reroute my anxiety into productivity.

    While we can look at history and take valuable lessons from how people prevailed, for example during the Great Depression, we cannot argue that we are looking at very different factors during this “perfect storm” . I am grateful for the awareness that I can do many things for my children/family rather than sit idly by. The thoughts in number 4 have been weighing on my mind very heavily. We are far from wealthy, but we have worked so hard for our meager piggy bank and I am still unsure what steps we are willing to take to preserve it.

  19. JL says

    Sometimes I have to step back and take a breath. These three things really help keep things in perspective. I will fight to the last breath. But, the only circumstance I can see taking my life would be to avoid cannibalism. I would not be able to live with myself after, so I would do it before.

  20. Stephen Winburn says

    Of importance is also the unrestrained stating of an intent to riot by supporters of President Obama should he lose his re-election bid and commentators openly threatening to assassinate Governor Romney should he win.

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