Thoughtful Thursday 1

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Wayne Dyer said that and he’s right. This is from the guy that also said, “change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.” I so agree with him. Don’t you hate it when someone judges you for something, anything? Right or wrong, it stinks. Once we see what judging another is actually doing we can use that to examine our own life. Whether we have failings we are harboring or have self esteem issues of our own we can start to examine them and release them as we go. This will ultimately lead to not judging others in most cases. So, whatever we are judging in another, take the time to look at that same thing in our own life. Really examine or think about it. That’s when we tend to clearly see our judging as a reflection we may be judging about our own self. Then just deal with it, openly and honestly, and you find victory is sweet. This doesn’t mean it won’t be hard, but it will be worth it all in the end.

Judge not, lest you be judged, by others or by yourself, this is true.

Think about it!

Blessings,

BroJim

Wellness Wednesday 2 – Eat your greens y’all

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison said this in a 1902 newspaper article.

How to stay well in disastrous times, that’s what we’re talking about. I’m talking no electricity, no telephone, no transportation like we know it today, disastrous times. What is it going to take to stay well and keep ourselves healthy?

Surely there will have to be a whole different mindset. Of course there won’t be any “fast food” so we’ll have an advantage there. I believe we’ll find a balance eventually, or literally die trying. People that don’t know what a balanced diet is and depend on fast food for what they call sustenance now, well they’re in for a rude awakening.

Beans and rice are going to go a long way. Soaking your beans will help. Vinegar will help. But supplementing our diet with dark leafy green vegetables will ultimately separate the healthy folks from those discovering malnutrition. These will have to be grown and I mean locally grown. If there is no transportation they’ll have to be real local.

Seriously have you taken a look at what nutritional value there is in the stuff you are prepping? Talking to preppers here; how many cans of dark leafy vegetables do you have? What about carrots, peas, corn? Do you have any freeze dried broccoli stocked?

Where I live there are a few wild plants for potherb use. These are the kind you can pick, throw in some dried bacon, some vinegar and cook for 15 or 20 minutes and have some good cooked greens. We’re in the heat of summer now and I can show you four or five plants in the woods I could eat. There are just a couple of plants, right now, that I could harvest their tender green leaves for a salad. How about you? Do you know your local foraging treasures? Maybe now is a good time to start. Beans and rice is going to get old quick.

I know some plan on eating meat, all the time, every day. How realistic is that. Suppose everyone in your area is planning the same thing. How long is wild game going to last with everyone harvesting it? Sure, we’ll need protein, but we’ll need more to really balance things.

Long term survival and staying well is going to be about good nutrition and balanced all around diet.

Wellness Wednesday is about staying well and we’ll get past simple nutrition one day. But, I want to stress the importance that balanced nutrition is going to play in staying well and keeping disease at bay.

Consider a local foraging group or seek out local folks that forage. Invest in some books about local edible plants and trees. Learn about their use and characteristics. Maybe find some local herb shop that does wild-crafting and learn what local plants and trees can be used as medicine. These will all play a role in our health in disastrous times.

Blessings,

BroJim

Tradition Tuesday 1

Have you ever spent some time thinking how much tradition plays a part in our everyday life? Some families purpose to build tradition and heritage. Many others just keep tradition and don’t ever question why or at what cost.

That reminds me of the lady was preparing to cook a ham one day. Her young teenage daughter was helping her. She took the ham out and as was family custom cut off both ends and prepared it putting the largest part in one pot and the ends in a separate pot. Her daughters asked, “Mom, why do you cut the ends off?” Mom replies, “I don’t know exactly but I always have because that’s what my Mom did.” “Does it make it better or change the ham in any way?” asked the daughter. “No, I don’t think so, let’s call my Mother and ask her why she does it” said the Mom. So, the called the Mother and she told them, “well, I always cut the ends off of the ham because that’s the way my Mom did it.” So, the Mom and Daughter, still puzzled, planned to ask the Grand-mother and Great-grandmother, Grandmama, at the next family gathering that was the next week. That week came and once the Family was around the table enjoying a beautifully prepared meal and all the trimmings the Daughter remembered the question she had for her Great-grandmother. She asks, “Grandmama, we were fixing a ham the other day and Mom cut the ends off of the ham. She said she did it because her Mother did it. We called Grandma and she said she did it because you did it. Why did you cut the ends off when you prepared a ham?” Grandmama exclaimed, “I did it because I didn’t have a pot big enough.”

Some traditions should be questioned maybe, others shouldn’t perhaps. What about your family? Do have traditions passed on for generations that you have wondered their origin? Why not find out?

Tradition Tuesday blog post here on the Prepper Chaplain web site is to examine the value of tradition in our lives, help maintain good traditions and help start new traditions that may help to rebuild a good and peaceful society in the case of a societal collapse.

I hope you come back and check out the next Tradition Tuesday and add your comments and suggestion.

Blessings,

BroJim