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Title: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ColdHaven on May 30, 2009, 12:53:26 PM
Often it is easy to look outwards from our lives and see the revolving threats that do or could impact our lives. It is easy to get angry and confused. It is easy to lose faith. It is easy to lose focus. It is easy to focus on one thing, but when you have so many things in our lives to worry about we become confused and distracted. The media is good at distracting and confusing. A good captain of a ship, when faced with the perfect storm, does not let the smaller things impact his decisions. He focuses his resolve. He bolsters his courage. He unites his men and encourages them. He is his ship.

There are many distracting things happening to this nation and this world right now. There are very scary dangers, and there are theoretical dangers. Focus begins with concentrating on the things that are happening rather than what could happen. This is part of the understanding about prepping for those emergencies and personal tragedies that are most likely to occur. Focus on that. Not on each others differences, or the things that serve to confuse and distract. We have a common focus and a common goal. Being prepared does mean thinking ahead for those rare emergencies, but you do not get lost in them. Since preparing for one emergency usually is a means for preparing for them all then there should the focus be.

Politics, religion, conspiracies, scandal...they do not matter. Your family matters. Preparing and becoming free of the systems is the single most effective way to protect your family and yourself. We are here, as a community, to guide each other to prep. To survive that which would others could not. This does not make us better or worse than anyone else. We are modern survivalists. We prepare because at our heart we love. We love our families, and we care for others. We watch out for those who do not have our foresight, and we help nuture in each other the seed that germinated in us to prep in the first place. There are concerns out there, but they are never as important as who and what we are. Doctrine does not matter, affiliation does not matter, race does not matter, preference does not matter. We are modern survivalists and we help each other grow.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ModernSurvival on May 30, 2009, 01:05:03 PM
Damn fine post!  Thank you for that ColdHaven,
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: monkeyboyf on May 30, 2009, 01:33:05 PM
What a thought-provoking and timely reminder of why we are here.  Thank you, and +1 to ColdHaven
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 30, 2009, 01:34:02 PM
wow.
I'm humbled.
Too often I find myself distracted by the hoopla.
That was SOME post.
Well said.
Not that those things on the side aren't important, its just a matter of priorities.
If you don't survive, if your family doesn't survive, nothing else matters.
+1 (not that you need my tiny vote)
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: The Wilderness on May 30, 2009, 01:46:00 PM

+1 Coldhaven

We all need to remember why we are here.

Thanks for the reminder, with the amount of confrontations on this forum lately, it is very timely and needed.


The Wilderness
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 30, 2009, 02:13:15 PM
+1 Cold Haven.  GREAT post.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: BerserkerPrime on May 30, 2009, 03:09:57 PM
Well said!  Marked for future reminder as to where focus must be kept. 

BP
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Muddyboots on May 30, 2009, 05:59:21 PM
Well...RATS! There go my Aluminum foil futures! (< that was a joke!)

Very good post!

People seem to thrive on getting upset about unimportant things.



Muddyboots

Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ldjo225 on May 30, 2009, 07:19:40 PM
+1! Thanks so much for helping me to get back to what's really important.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 30, 2009, 09:21:37 PM
+1. Your eloquence is noteworthy also.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on May 30, 2009, 11:41:40 PM
Well done & reminded. ;)
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: FreeSpirit on May 31, 2009, 03:40:30 PM
A thread worthy of reading, absorbing, re-reading, & revisiting. Thank YOU. +1
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 31, 2009, 03:59:20 PM
:D :D :D I love your new custom title, Cold Haven.  Very appropriate.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ColdHaven on May 31, 2009, 07:19:17 PM
 :D Thank you for everyone's kind words. I am glad that so many of you feel the same way.

And as for the custom title. Without intending to sound dramatic - I am honored. Thank you.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on May 31, 2009, 07:23:01 PM
:D Thank you for everyone's kind words. I am glad that so many of you feel the same way.

And as for the custom title. Without intending to sound dramatic - I am honored. Thank you.  ;D

Well, your posts have this whole "TSP Forum Conscience" vibe about them as of late.  It just took me a while to come up with something that was appropriate but still kind of fun.... ;)  I've actually been trying to come up with something for you for a while, then I read this post.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 31, 2009, 07:25:02 PM
Well, your posts have this whole "TSP Forum Conscience" vibe about them as of late.

Right?  They really do lately.  Your attitude, and timely reminder, CH, have completely leveled the tone of the board.  Seriously.  Take a look around.  Since you posted it, we haven't had one out of control situation.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Roknrandy on June 01, 2009, 03:49:22 AM
Excellent post!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: mash on June 01, 2009, 05:21:17 AM
I was in a very bad state, emotionally, spiritually, financially, before I found TSP and the people who frequent this forum.

Thank you ColdHaven, but honestly, thanks to all of you. I have a renewed sense of purpose, and faith in my abilities again.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ColdHaven on June 01, 2009, 05:41:52 AM
Right?  They really do lately.  Your attitude, and timely reminder, CH, have completely leveled the tone of the board.  Seriously.  Take a look around.  Since you posted it, we haven't had one out of control situation.

I can't take all the credit. All of you work hard to keep this community running. Its all of us as a team that helps keep this thing going. My comments and words in my initial post here was sprung from what all of us were seeing. I didn't like it. I saw something special in the podcast and this community from the get go, and I didn't want to see it degenerate into petty fighting, and arguing about things that ultimately do not matter. What matters is why we came here in the first place: to prep and to help others prep and grow. I felt that that should be our focus, and people were getting away from that.

If I have helped in any way to cap the rising ire on the forums then that is an achievement to be proud of, but all of the mods, admins, and dedicated forum members help every day to keep this forum on track. It is the few weeds that keep cropping up that cause us problems and serve to confuse and shake our focus on what really matters to us.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Heavy G on June 01, 2009, 08:11:51 AM
Coldhaven:

I'm a little late to the positive karma party, but +1.  You re-calibrated my prepping mindset.  Needed that.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: archer on June 01, 2009, 02:06:05 PM
Very well written CH, very well indeed. +1
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: flagtag on June 01, 2009, 04:14:06 PM
And a +1 from me as well.  Excellent post!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: DeepSea1985 on June 01, 2009, 07:50:33 PM
Most impressive......Well stated, almost as if there is a connected conscientious among many members of the forum.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: WoG on June 04, 2009, 02:11:22 PM
We are modern survivalists and we help each other grow.
That's a good post, but I think this line needs some concentration.  It's important to note he didn't say "We are modern survivalists and we will help ourselves grow." I don't think isolationism has a part in modern survivalism.  I think as this modern survivalism scene continues to grow, it's going to take a much more favorable view of community involvement.  We all can't have this bunker down and stay hidden mentality.  I keep hearing the key to turning this situation around is becoming more self sufficient.  If we collectively do that in our communities, where the numbers can make a difference, we certainly won't need to isolate ourselves.  Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 05, 2009, 11:13:25 PM
WoG - I agree with you completely.  +1
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: khristopher23 on June 06, 2009, 07:27:26 AM
I agree 100% WoG, and another +1.

I was a member of this board for quite awhile before I really started contributing to things, several months of just reading what other people had to say. I now feel like I'm getting much more out of this community since I started trying to give a little back. I would strongly urge some of you other "read only" guys to do the same. Come on, I know you're out there, and it doesn't hurt a bit to add a little every now and then (although it does get severely addicting). I'm sure we could all learn something from your experiences as well. Just after a few months I now feel that I can call these folks friends. That's something I never got out of this when I was only reading, and it's a good feeling.

Also ,Coldhaven, another fine post man, and another +1.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Heavy G on June 06, 2009, 08:33:34 AM

I now feel like I'm getting much more out of this community since I started trying to give a little back. I would strongly urge some of you other "read only" guys to do the same. ....  I'm sure we could all learn something from your experiences as well.


Totally agree and it's why this forum is different than any other. 

I posted about something in which I look very stupid and cowardly.  See Reply #58 in Tell Us About a Mistake You've Made  http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1624.msg61673#msg61673 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1624.msg61673#msg61673)

But I learned from it.  And I bet a lot of you did too.  It's something that could easily save a life so the stakes are pretty high.

Here's my point: since I'm anonymous, no one is laughing at me.  Take advantage of the anonymity and actively participate. 

Besides, you learn so much more by posting.  Sounds weird, but it's true.  When you're sitting there typing up your posts, you fully think them through and you'll be amazed at things that just come out. 

Slight hijack, but a good place to make an important point. 
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Citizen Zero on July 07, 2009, 08:03:13 PM
Often it is easy to look outwards from our lives and see the revolving threats that do or could impact our lives. It is easy to get angry and confused. It is easy to lose faith. It is easy to lose focus. It is easy to focus on one thing, but when you have so many things in our lives to worry about we become confused and distracted. The media is good at distracting and confusing. A good captain of a ship, when faced with the perfect storm, does not let the smaller things impact his decisions. He focuses his resolve. He bolsters his courage. He unites his men and encourages them. He is his ship.

There are many distracting things happening to this nation and this world right now. There are very scary dangers, and there are theoretical dangers. Focus begins with concentrating on the things that are happening rather than what could happen. This is part of the understanding about prepping for those emergencies and personal tragedies that are most likely to occur. Focus on that. Not on each others differences, or the things that serve to confuse and distract. We have a common focus and a common goal. Being prepared does mean thinking ahead for those rare emergencies, but you do not get lost in them. Since preparing for one emergency usually is a means for preparing for them all then there should the focus be.

Politics, religion, conspiracies, scandal...they do not matter. Your family matters. Preparing and becoming free of the systems is the single most effective way to protect your family and yourself. We are here, as a community, to guide each other to prep. To survive that which would others could not. This does not make us better or worse than anyone else. We are modern survivalists. We prepare because at our heart we love. We love our families, and we care for others. We watch out for those who do not have our foresight, and we help nuture in each other the seed that germinated in us to prep in the first place. There are concerns out there, but they are never as important as who and what we are. Doctrine does not matter, affiliation does not matter, race does not matter, preference does not matter. We are modern survivalists and we help each other grow.

Hands down, this is one of the best summaries of the idea of preparedness that I have seen in a long time.

Thank You!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Hippy223 on July 07, 2009, 09:08:39 PM
Good post coldhaven
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: SLOHomemaker on July 14, 2009, 08:50:47 PM
Coldhaven:

I have been enjoying your latest posts very much. You have a positive, upbeat, constructive focus that is very calming.

I am new here, but you (and some of the other mods) have made it a very interesting learning experience.

Tamarah
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ColdHaven on July 14, 2009, 08:53:48 PM
Coldhaven:

I have been enjoying your latest posts very much. You have a positive, upbeat, constructive focus that is very calming.

I am new here, but you (and some of the other mods) have made it a very interesting learning experience.

Tamarah

Any way that I can help others in this community makes me happy. Thank you for your kind words.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Family Guy on July 20, 2009, 09:38:14 AM
Thanks CH. I was needing a check-up from the neck up this am. 
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Andy44 on July 24, 2009, 06:17:06 AM
Fantastic post ColdHaven. You have a great way with words!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: dtwalters on July 30, 2009, 09:15:31 AM

There are many distracting things happening to this nation and this world right now.... Focus begins with concentrating on the things that are happening rather than what could happen.  Focus on...prepping for those emergencies and personal tragedies that are most likely to occur...Politics, religion, conspiracies, scandal...they do not matter. Your family matters. Preparing and becoming free of the systems is the single most effective way to protect your family and yourself... We prepare because at our heart we love.

The articulation of this philosophy is very comforting to me, a new prepper. I have a tendency to become overly anxious because of current events and especially because of conversations with one individual who is a very convincing alarmist. It helps relieve that anxiety by preparing for the things that are "most likely to occur" knowing that I am also preparing for whatever may come. Thanks for that!

DTW
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Heavy G on July 30, 2009, 08:36:34 PM
dtwalters:

Coldhaven hit the nail on the head with his post.

+1 to you for having Johnny Cash on your avatar.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: CFG on September 16, 2009, 10:50:49 AM
+1 from me too, Coldhaven.  I read this in the wake of Jack's broadcast and I have to admit that I've let fear and anger get the best of me the last few months.  Not too long ago I came to the same conclusion you so eloquently put into words here, and it bears witness.  I'm a fighter by nature, but as I get older I realize that often the main battle is within; with my own distrust of people, my fear of the unknown, and my violated sense of justice.  I've had to let a lot of that go and enjoy the day as it is.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Heavy G on September 16, 2009, 03:07:38 PM

... I realize that often the main battle is ... my violated sense of justice.  I've had to let a lot of that go and enjoy the day as it is.


Coldfishgirl, that describes me to a tee.  +1.

I've seen some injustice with government close up and, quite honestly, I'm mad about it.  But I had to realize I can't change it and just need to prep to take care of me and my family. 

The more I prep, the more I feel a distance between the anger over the injustice and my everday life.  Prepping is calming and empowering.  I know that people will get what they deserve.  Unjust government officials will be unelected, driven out of office, or maybe even hiding out from angry people.  (I don't wish them to be dead, just out of office so they can't do bad things any more.)  You know the famous saying, "Living well is the best revenge."  When Nancy Pelosi is behind some gated community's walls with protesters outside, and I'm doing fine with my family at my BOL, that's "revenge."  No one gets hurt, but there is some justice.  And the "living well" part of the revenge is only possible through prepping. 
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: swoods on September 16, 2009, 03:24:24 PM
Speaking of injustice and government officials, the corruption is everywhere. Most folks think only big cities and important government officials are corrupt. Not so my friends. I have seen po dunk villages, towns, etc. that are awful. Villages with 250 people and the officials do whatever the heck they want and harass those who stand up to them. I am in a position to see first hand some of the corruption in county government and it stinks. I spoke out against it some years ago and it cost me a promotion and my integrity was questioned. Apparently I don't learn, cuz I manage to annoy county officials because I advocate for them to do the right thing. Fortunately for me, I do have a few folks who have gone to bat for me so I haven't lost my job and wth the economy the way it is, I am not willing to risk my job. I feel very conflicted about that decision. I have always been someone to stand up and say when something ain't right, but I also know I have to take care of myself first. 

Prepping has been an excellent way for me to focus on what I need to do, when I need to do it and feel like I have some power over "things." I have learned so much in this forum and I continue to read in all categories. I've printed out hundreds of pages of pdf files that have been recommended and started my folders of info. I love that everyone here is so friendly and the suggestions are FABULOUS! Taking control of what I can is empowering, which I already knew, but just needed a kick in the butt to get going.  :)

Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: MontanaBound on September 16, 2009, 10:06:46 PM
dtwalters:

 

+1 to you for having Johnny Cash on your avatar.

I remember when I was about 12 my parents took me to a Johnny Cash concert in Butte Montana, all the lights were turned off except for a spot light on the American Flag. Johnny Cash started speaking......"I'm so glad we live in a country where we have freedom of speech and can burn our flag if we choose....."   Booing erupted from the audience. He spoke again " I'm also glad we live in a country where we have the right to bear arms......so I can shoot the S*B that tries to burn mine!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: 47jets on November 02, 2009, 08:14:27 PM
Great Post
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: SnugInMyPod on November 05, 2009, 09:05:39 PM
ColdHaven,

An elequently put post!

I have a slightly different take, but it still supports the jist of what you are saying;  There are indeed political, religious, and social worldviews and institutions that are anathema to human survival and, for that reason, they do merit situational awareness and concern. 

However, instead of being paralyzed by these worldviews and institutions and/or obsessively arguing or carping over them, they should prompt each one of us to double-down and prepare all the more to make our own individual lives better.  When we each think and act in a way to inhance and improve our own individual lives and that of our friends, relatives, and loved ones, antipodes of human survival have that much less foothold.

Whatever differences we all may have, I am glad to have this Forum here as a source of both learning and inspiration.  I thank Jack for creating it and I thank you, ColdHaven, and all the rest of the Moderators for making this Forum a great place.  Keep up the great work!

 :)

 
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: swanson on November 05, 2009, 10:22:45 PM
Coldhaven,

Great post!!!

...but I must disagree on one point - everyone can do with some scandal in their lives from time to time!

 ::)

Keep up the thoughtful posts, shootin' straight, speakin' the truth, and ridin' well.

swanson
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: jaegersapper on February 26, 2010, 10:16:56 PM
Outstanding post CH. Thanks for the azimuth check.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Steaker on March 31, 2010, 08:24:26 PM
You positive guys really piss me off.  Don't you realize how many problems our country is facing?  Who wants to spend so much wasted time with their family?  Focus Man!  A Tsunami could hit any moment.  Stop being so selfish.  Keep digging that bunker.  Store up your canned beans.  The black helicopters will be here any minute.  Stop being so sentimental.  Please start taking life a little more seriously.   ... Your post was cool and needed.  Thank you
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Ian Adams on May 17, 2010, 10:39:11 PM
The more I prep, the more I feel a distance between the anger over the injustice and my everday life.  Prepping is calming and empowering. 

Ahh, the zen of prepping...  ;D

This is indeed a great topic.  Kudos to everyone.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: scoutmaster on June 06, 2010, 07:29:03 AM
All very true and informative, There are many many things to look at, and many different things to prepare for. The biggest thing I fail to understand is how so many can be aware of the increasing problems facing all of us,  The continuing failure of those we elect to lead, or handle anything that happens  and so many continue to follow the masses, and don't bother to prepare at all. For years I have carefully tried to talk to and enlighten others  around me both, family and friends.  The immediate family of corse does not have much of a choice and have come around as looking back the 10 years  and seeing where we are now but, others out just a bit have no clew. At best I get a "Well I will just come to your House"

I guess it is just something I can not understand or get my head around.  I have worked at it now for well over 10 years, and finely given up. Now it is head for the BOl, with the immediate family and hunker down with the years of preps in a location that should offer safely for years.  It is just a shame that so many are so blind. and there does not seem to be any way to break through the naive  thinking shell. The really sad part is if and or when they figure out I was correct, and they arrive at my home they will only have the other non believers to help each other, And some of them are really good people.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: drag0nk1ng on August 28, 2010, 01:02:19 AM
Great Post!! Deep and insightful and I will pass this along to all of those I am evangelising the virtues of prepping to.

Thank you for that!!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: JJS on October 04, 2010, 11:40:57 AM
Hey,

Nice Job!! Just got off a phone call with my best friend speaking about the same thing you wrote about, really great to be reminded to keep our focus.

J
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Mick_K on November 01, 2010, 03:30:51 AM
That was exactly what i needed to read, thanks.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: TwoBluesMama on November 08, 2010, 09:36:32 AM
CH - Don't know how I missed this thread at it's inception but it's awesome.  +1.

Your words are so right on and I agree our focus is to continue striving in our preparedness and not be distracted by all the world and media are throwing at us. And then sharing what we know with others even if it means exposing a little of who we are.

The revolution is you, as per Jack, is this very thing.  Thanks CH for the great post.

Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: 4bull on November 10, 2010, 06:58:31 PM
Ill try this , the focus is to be ready, as ready as you can be .
I"m up front everyone in town and the area knows me and some of what i know and what they think i have.
Yet i know lots of small groups , they come to talk and ask questions if i know then i help, if i can't then i call someone
to ask if they will help . family's , clans, friends or groups.
  The grayman walks among us all he doesn't look big or mean no bumper stickers only shoots when no ones around.
 He buys in small lots and doesn't talk about it, shy or sly.
 We have miss the elderly and the knowledge that they had some of its gone forever. This is bad for all of us...
The old ones hold some of the best answers to the big problems.
        We are all survivalist ,weather its day to day or the long slow road.
                        Remember to smile, nod ,wave, and be friendly you never know who will be there to help you.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: archer on November 11, 2010, 07:19:43 AM
Very good 4bull. +1 for you.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: g8tors09 on August 10, 2011, 03:23:05 PM
Amen Sister!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: UrbanPrepping on October 12, 2011, 09:17:17 AM
That's a good post, but I think this line needs some concentration.  It's important to note he didn't say "We are modern survivalists and we will help ourselves grow." I don't think isolationism has a part in modern survivalism.  I think as this modern survivalism scene continues to grow, it's going to take a much more favorable view of community involvement.  We all can't have this bunker down and stay hidden mentality.  I keep hearing the key to turning this situation around is becoming more self sufficient.  If we collectively do that in our communities, where the numbers can make a difference, we certainly won't need to isolate ourselves.  Just my 2 cents.

I agree, we will at some point But, When SHTF- We will Need to cooperate to survive, communities, small and midsized groups of people working together for the common good - The lone wolf mind set is not and has never been a survival technique...You will fail... I believe after the Intail shock of what ever may come, then we will have a renew cooperative life style.

The addage "Give man a fish and he eats for the day, teach him to fish and feeds himself everyday"  . We should plan for ourselves and loved ones, Hope that we can have some to share. How could anyone Turn away a family with children?
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: soupbone on October 12, 2011, 12:18:20 PM
I'm glad I found this thread, even if it's 2 1/2 years old. It is good to remind ourselves that without a philosophy to serve as a binder, we are merely accumulators of stuff. Stuff alone will not make our life any easier or help us through whatever comes. History has shown that folks can "improvise, adapt and overcome" quite easily, given the proper mindset; and without that mindset, when hope is lost, no amount of equipment or supplies will allow them to prevail.

On May 30, 2009, I entered my sixth decade of life. It wasn't "things" that got me this far, rather, it was an attitude that no matter what, I would make it through. Battered- maybe, a little ragged around the edges- possibly, on my own two feet- definitely.

soupbone (+ another quarter decade)
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Victory1 on March 22, 2012, 07:52:13 AM
victory1 :-[
I posted this Survival list on the Podcast Forum the other day, but I think I could have put it on a more appropriate list such as this one so I am re-posting it, sorry.

Survival List.

Be debit free.
Go to church. Believe in YOUR God.
Have your own private water source.
Live near like-minded people where God still plays a role in real life and be ready to protect them.
Align with people to share skills and labor. Better than money!!
Know who your friends are. Keep your friend’s close, your enemy’s closer and your guns closest.
Raise your own food. Know how to process it. Pressure canning preferred.
I have a 1979 non-computerized pickup. We also have bicycles, plus two motorcycles that get over 45 mpg.
Have a good chainsaw. Know how to use and repair it.
Have wood heat backup.
Have a solar/wind-up radio, have extra light bulbs, batteries, bee's wax candles and a way to make more.
Use non-hybrid garden seeds only. Save harvested seeds for next year and for bartering.
Have some guns and ammo HIDDEN.  Know how to use and repair. Have supplies needed for reloading.
Have a good security system. (Make it public, even if you DON'T have a Security system).
      (A good dog & a good gun is your BEST security system, let your feelings be known publicly).
Have 1 year of survival food at 1 good meal per day per person. 25-year shelf life.
Have medicine and First-Aid knowledge (books) plus medical supplies. Do NOT rely on the Internet.
Have the basic trade books. Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tooling etc.
Have a lath, mill, welder and variety of hand tools if possible.
Collect & save assorted metal stock.
Learn engine repair, also any other skills that will benefit.
Have a good 6000 watt + gas generator. Will take care of water pump, freezer etc. (The essentials).
Have 100 gallons + of gas with additives for longevity
Have copies of important documents in a safe place.  (Sealed container in the ground, PVC is good).
Buy quality if possible.
Sharpen your outdoor survival skills.
Get skillful at bartering, worth more than money.
Have 6-month cash on hand. Use money as last resort, (if that will be worth anything)!!
Value all you learn by what you can earn.
Be willing to protect your own!!
________________________________________________________

     My daughter is a doctor in San Diego. When it all goes south and IF she can get home she will be bringing emergency meds home by the bag full.  I ‘ve also been getting additional meds that she has perscribed.
      I am a retired Toolmaker and Process Engineer and have all the tools to make about anything and I can, which will help us if/when our economy goes in the crapper. Except for my wife, who is still working, we pretty much live like this. We raise two beef critters each year. We eat one and sell the other, plus venison and other wild game)!!
     For pistols I have a .380 Auto and a Colt 357 Mag/.38 Special. I also have a Browning .270  and a 22.250 Rifle both zeroed at 300 yds.  I handload for all my guns and have enough to handle any situation.  I also have a Browning 12 gage that I reload both shot and a killer sabot slug of my own design and also a Browning .22 rifle that shoots better than me. I have made 9 black powder flintlock guns (not Kits) and have about 15 lbs of powder and 200 lbs of lead.  I also have many different die sets for other calibers for barter value.
     I have a good Security System and a mean-ass dog. Couple that with my guns and my Viet Nam background, I wouldn't want to break into MY house. (people around here know that)!! If anyone ever wants any advice feel free to ask.


Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: wmillion34 on March 31, 2012, 06:55:07 AM
Very good post.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: ColdHaven on July 01, 2012, 09:49:40 AM
You know...sometimes you read things you wrote years ago and it speaks to you like advice from someone else. Recently I have had many things going on: recently got married, working on adding to the family, attempting to move to a place we can homestead, stresses from work, and of course all the recent political drama.

I need to take my own advice. I have been kind of wigging out. I have been trying to rehabilitate myself from that in the last several weeks. I have been over saturated with so many stressors that I have not been focused. I have not been calm. I think I am getting back to normal,though. I am glad I came across this again.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Morning Sunshine on July 01, 2012, 10:30:54 AM
true words ColdHaven.  I used to keep a journal that I wrote in frequently as in more than once a day, whenever I had thoughts that wanted to be remembered.  Man, I can go back and read those and see how much I knew then and have forgotten. I need to do that again :)
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: zanedclark@att.net on July 14, 2012, 12:35:01 PM
+1 thanks
z
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Chemsoldier on July 14, 2012, 12:49:17 PM
+1 CH, great post.  I need to take it to heart myself.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Zip on October 15, 2012, 08:58:31 AM
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Doctrine does not matter, affiliation does not matter, race does not matter, preference does not matter. We are modern survivalists and we help each other grow.

Excellent post CH.  I have learned so much from the members of this forum and the podcasts.  One of the more eyeopening aspects of prepping that I have learned is summarized in the quote above.  Before I found this forum and the podcasts I was like many of the ignorant non-preppers and assumed that all survivalists were preparing for that day that they would sequester themselves in some remote part of the nation away from everyone else and become a lone wolf.  I now understand the true value of being prepared and how much we as a community can do together.

Thanks again
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Big_Al on July 12, 2013, 06:28:44 PM
This is singularly the best post ever! 
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Ron Hayes on July 16, 2014, 12:39:31 PM
Thank you for this,

This is spot on!
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: 4bull on July 18, 2014, 11:15:07 PM
Focus, some times things and skills pile up fast, but then the  kids are growing up on me faster and that changes everything all at once, some times every day . But in the last year I have had close friends sicken and die , Big time preppers , you know eat right work hard ).  I was ask to find and report his death, he took his own life (that put me in one hell of a place) . He just couldn't take it any more and I understood . So I look like I have the 1000 yard stare but damn I'm watching ever thing all at once all the time. Wondering what's going to brake , fall apart or Die . I still scan for snipers and IED's while driving , and I am thankful for every hot shower I get and still I wonder if it could be my last, ever time I take one , daily. I teach my family to Use things up and wear them out ,then find a new use for them. So think about the end of life too, yours , family and friends.
  The word Focus , seams so funny to me , unless I am shooting , I don't think I have been able to  focus in 30 years.
Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: soupbone on July 19, 2014, 08:25:56 AM
Good to hear from you again, my friend, wish it were under more pleasant circumstances. And thanks for bringing this thread up again.

"I am thankful for every hot shower I get and still I wonder if it could be my last, ever time I take one , daily. I teach my family to Use things up and wear them out ,then find a new use for them. So think about the end of life too, yours , family and friends."

I understand how you feel - happened to me about 4 years ago with a bad heart attack. You look at life differently after an experience like that. You realize just how fragile life is you are, and appreciate every day as a new, and possibly your last, adventure.

I've learned that things don't matter - whatever things you leave behind will eventually break, wear out, become illegal, get lost, whatever, but the memories, thoughts, attitudes and ideals you instill in your children and grandchildren will go on forever. It is my fondest wish that on one future day, when my grand-kids are walking in the woods with their grand-kids, they'll stop, turn over a rotten log and ask them, "What do you see?" And then proceed to tell them about this crazy old man who did the same thing with them so many years ago. And how we got into an algae fight way up a river, looking for the place a famous fossil came out of the ground at. 

You still scan? I've gotten back into that habit, only now it's for a different reason. I've taken to carrying a camera with me constantly - just a small point-and-shoot, nothing fancy. I've turned that ability to spot the unusual or out of place into something positive, seeing light and patterns, colors and textures, that are invisible to most folks, and I take a picture of it. I try to turn something ugly into something beautiful.  You may want to try that - good, cheap therapy.

It's nice to see you back, and remember, we're here for you.

soup

Title: Re: Modern Survivalist Focus
Post by: Oakie on January 14, 2015, 10:25:25 AM
victory1 :-[


Survival List.


Great list! +1
Thanks for sharing here.