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Lessons from the Pandemic – Part 2, by Don and Patrice Lewis

(Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.)

Thoughts About Preparedness
What About the Future?

There is so much uncertainty about the future, on so many different levels (medical, financial, political, societal). We don’t see things leveling off any time soon and returning to normal, whatever “normal” means.

Above all, don’t stop (or do start) prepping. It’s now being said it took a pandemic for people to realize prepping isn’t crazy. We urge everyone to take that maxim to heart. “My family always laughed at my prepper status, but they aren’t laughing anymore,” said one reader.

Take this opportunity to harden your preps by applying the principles of the three-legged stool (supplies, skills, community). Consider a few options:

The pandemic and the subsequent panic has been a wake-up call. We’ve been fortunate enough to have known no one who has died from the virus or its complications. Others have suffered grievous losses. As horrific and heartbreaking as this disease has been for many people, the history of humanity shows that worse disasters will eventually occur.

Being prepared doesn’t guarantee you won’t be affected by a disaster. It just gives you a fighting chance, a survival force-multiplier.

Self-reliance is a journey, not a destination; and a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. It’s time to take that step.

Patrice Lewis is pleased to announce the availability of the complete collection of 52 Country Living Series ebooklets [1], representing over 17 years of homesteading experience. Subjects include preparedness, frugality, rural skills, food preservation, and more. Details on ordering them are available at her blog site [1].

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#1 Comment By Animal House On October 14, 2020 @ 1:37 pm

I’ve been following Rural Revolution for years, but especially liked this article.
Truer words were never spoken: “Minimalism is not a good strategy during a lock-down.”
Will be forwarding it to others.

#2 Comment By wwes On October 14, 2020 @ 2:36 pm

I remind myself of that whenever my wife’s hobbies, as well as mine, seem to be taking up a lot of room in the house. Her piles of yarn and my canning supplies don’t bother me when I’m opening a jar of rabbit that we raised, or getting warm under a blanket that she made.

#3 Comment By Big Q On October 14, 2020 @ 3:09 pm

Remember, It is not how much you make, it is how much you keep!

#4 Comment By N S On October 14, 2020 @ 5:24 pm

Big Q – Truer words were never spoke. Unfortunately at this time in our lives, more is being taken than we can possibly keep, thanks to all the whiners that beg for more and more intrusion by the goobermint. It ain’t up to TPTB to provide for all your needs, that has never worked in the past and is impossible to work in any future scenario. Constantly work to change that, Trump is doing his best but methinks it is possibly a loosing battle. When it comes right down to it, we can’t take a farthing of anything we acquire with us. And we’ll be lucky HE lets out soul in.

#5 Comment By BWL On October 14, 2020 @ 9:01 pm

Definitely not a minimalist here!

#6 Comment By SaraSue On October 14, 2020 @ 10:13 pm

So cool to see this 2 part article. Been reading Rural Revolution on and off for years. I was just searching the site to see if you had sold your homestead. Is it still on the market?

All the so called “hoarders”, LOL, were much appreciated when they could produce the things other people couldn’t find on the shelves and needed.

Not to be a doom and gloomer, but I think we’re in for a rough ride in the upcoming months, maybe years. I’d keep prepping as much as possible.

#7 Comment By Once a Marine… On October 16, 2020 @ 4:25 pm

SaraSue, great insight in what you say. A rough ride, indeed.

I will echo something Don and Patrice said, “Be resilient and roll with the punches. The “punch” could be anything – the loss of a loved one, the loss of a business, the loss of your home. Give yourself time to grieve, then pick yourself up and start over. People who do this report coming out stronger.”

We will, inevitably, experience loss during this rough ride. Remember to share your sorrow with others. Trusting someone with your pain build strong bonds. Be clear when sharing pain that you do not want a solution, unless you do, and just want to be heard and accepted. Healing will come.

God promises that.

Carry on in grace

#8 Comment By Matt in Oklahoma On October 14, 2020 @ 11:47 pm

Good article

#9 Comment By Telesilla of Argos On October 15, 2020 @ 2:19 am

Well written and timely article! Thank you, Don and Patrice Lewis!

From your post: “Being prepared doesn’t guarantee you won’t be affected by a disaster. It just gives you a fighting chance, a survival force-multiplier.”

True. True. True.

#10 Comment By Charles K. On October 15, 2020 @ 3:58 am

Speaking of preps, found this at PSA: AMMO INC 7.62X51 149 GR M80 500 ROUNDS AMMUNITION.
also .30 M1 Carbine, a box of 1080 in stripper clips and bandoleers.

Also noticed they have several handguns in stock including Taurus G2C and G3C some Sigs and S&W’s and even a Ruger Security 9.

You need to use JWR’s link to get to PSA so he gets the credit and a little remuneration.

#11 Comment By Wheatley Fisher On October 15, 2020 @ 4:28 am

I have more faith in the economist prediction that it will be year 2023 before we’ll see fullness to a stabilization of global economy. Many things will change and factories as well as small businesses will continue to permamently close in the mean time. Nevertheless big box stores will thrive. Our consumer choices will keep narrowing. Glass jars with any kind of sealable lids are precious. Save and protect them. Reuse them carefully. JM2C.

God Bless

#12 Comment By Once a Marine… On October 16, 2020 @ 4:26 pm


Never saw that before.

Carry on

#13 Comment By JB On October 18, 2020 @ 12:37 pm

JM 2¢