Personal Preparation, by Chris Martenson

Posted April 12, 2011 in Opening and Closing Readings. Tagged: ,

My advice here is crisp and clear.  Find the smallest and easiest thing you can do, and then do it. I don’t care what it is. If that thing for you is buying an extra jar of pimentos because you can’t imagine life without them, then buy an extra jar next time you are shopping and put them in the pantry. I am only slightly joking here. I call this “step zero” to symbolize something minor that might precede step one.

One of my core values is this: I have no interest in living in fear, and my plan is to live through whatever comes next with a positive attitude and with as much satisfaction and fun as I can possibly muster. So it has always been important to me to be in community with others who share this outlook. And even now that I’ve experienced the pleasures (and joys and frustrations) of working in a group setting on matters of preparation, I would still immediately join or start another one if I happened to move away.

I am only as secure as my neighbor is, and we are only as secure as our town, and our town is only as secure as the next town over. But it all begins at the center, like a fractal pattern, with resilient households determining how the future unfolds.

Source: Post Carbon Institute (PDF)