Preparedness is not just a quantity of supplies and a series of tasks combined with the right mindset; it is also a lifestyle of readiness. One of the best ways to maintain this crucial readiness is by developing hobbies, or even a new vocation or home-based business that is beneficial for healthy living today — but selected to also provide important benefits for you, and your family and friends, during a time of adversity.
For example, gardening makes it possible for you and your family to eat healthier foods, gives you exercise, gets kids out from in front of the TV and computer, can help you relieve stress, and it can reduce the expense of food in your budget. At the same time, it helps you develop skills and critical food reserves you will need during a time of crisis. When the shelves of your grocery store are bare, your garden can be full of nutritious food. Canning and other food preservation skills can make this even more significant.
There are similar benefits to developing alternative sources of energy, gaining medical skills, improving your security, creating a home business to augment income, and a host of other preparedness topics. Remember, disasters can be short-term events, or they can be a protracted situation. A serious economic downturn is not a disaster in the traditional sense, but the long-term effect can be even more devastating — and life changing. Hobbies and practical vocations can make a big difference when it comes to sustainability.
Don’t know where to start?
There are many local opportunities to learn, plus there are many vacation opportunities which will not only help you relax, but will also equip you with useful new skills and abilities. Reading books, articles and searching the Internet is great, but learning can be a lot more fun, faster and effective, if accomplished with the help of others.
Ploughshare Institute which is featured in this article, is one such opportunity. Located near Waco, Texas, it is an example of a vacation destination where you can benefit from practical hands-on training, delivered in a fun environment by truly knowledgeable instructors.
However, you don’t need to travel far from home to find these opportunities. If you look, you will find many useful educational and experiential opportunities in your own community.
Look for classes offered by hobby groups, retail stores, religious organizations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations such as Red Cross and Salvation Army, and universities and colleges. Community colleges are especially useful for training in practical trades such as alternative energy, welding, and various construction skills and traditional crafts.
Many organizations sponsor weekend seminars and fairs, too, and these are a fun opportunity to learn and experience the activity before committing to a series of classes. But whichever opportunity you select, these provide you with an easy and fun way to gain valuable skills. Skills that can make everyday living better, and your disaster preparations more robust.
For more about Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture and the 125 classes they offer, visit: http://www.sustainlife.org/
For information on the Homestead Heritage Traditional Crafts Village, visit: http://www.homesteadheritage.com/
For dates and additional info on Homestead Craft Fair, visit: http://www.homesteadcraftfair.com/