The theme for the December 2013 issue of PREPARE Magazine offers information and resources on Preparing with your family and other close relationships. Community is vital in a true Preparedness plan.
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The calendar year is drawing to a close. The weather has turned cold for most of us. We’ve celebrated one year-end holiday, here in the United States with more festivities to come. Given this time of year, you might expect this issue of PREPARE Magazine to be wrought with products, advertisements and top recommended things to buy. Sorry if it disappoints you but, we want to take a break from that focus. You get enough of that pressure around you already this time of year. Let’s take the path less traveled by and let it make all the difference.
With the regular seasons of life marching on while preparing for an irregular future ahead, we often forget that part of this journey is dealing with the dynamics of family and friends while we prepare. You can have all the food you may need, but no one with whom to share it. If we neglect our relationship roles or neglect to put them into an effective perspective – we may survive, yes, but at what cost to our own meaningful existence. Building and maintaining healthy relationships with friends, family and loved ones is just as important as the means by which to protect ourselves.
If you are feeling alone walking the preparedness path, perhaps you can find a group to bond with in Community Connections. It is always good to fellowship and share with others whose strengths may be your weakness and to whom you can offer support as well. There is great truth to The Importance of Being on the Same Team. So LETS Work Together to build a stronger community (no – that is not a typo in the word “LETS”).
During the busier time of this season, relationships can be affected when we add the stress of the uncertain future. So you may want to learn ways of Managing Stress & Anxiety with Lavender. Memories serve to connect us with relationships. Whether it is priceless heirlooms that connect your family history or photos of a special vacation or occasion, you will want to Hang Your Art Securely to preserve precious memories for years to come.
If you have school-age children, you don’t want to scare them into being prepared but you may gain a partner on the journey if you could make it fun to learn skills by using some Preparedness Fun & Games. Your teen may be ready for you to begin Teaching Youth Survival Skills or maybe you are willing to offer that to other teens. Storytelling, as done long ago, did not only serve to capture the imagination, but like the Apache Story of ‘Scattered Feathers’ a lesson of a Fighting Tactic is deeply rooted in the listener’s memory.
This month’s Product Review: the Multi-flame Tool is the tangible evidence of one family’s focus of working together. Maybe your family or friends face a Problematic Paradigm and wonder how to resolve that issue to strengthen unity. Lastly, but very importantly, it is Faith – The Glue that Keeps Us Together that can help us to face with Peace, the storms and opportunities that may lie ahead.
Unconventionally, we chose not to focus on a wish-list, shopping list or to-do list for the winter in this issue of PREPARE Magazine. Rather, in the coming holidays of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations – we hope that we have been a word of encouragement to you focus on the relationships that you have now and the ones you hope to have in your future by building each of them with care and maintaining them, regardless of what life may become in the future.
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