Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

Morale Monday 1

July 23, 2012
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So, let’s suppose we’re in a bug-in or bug-out situation, we are hunkered down after dark and we have remembered to darken all our windows. We have someone on guard duty and we’ve pretty well secured everything for now. What now? Don’t get stressed about the quiet. What are we going to do to keep morale up in the everyday times, perhaps in the dark? It’s so much different than before, are you prepared for this?

Morale will be a tough thing for us and for others. If you have family around things are going to get tight. If there are kids around, you need to be prepared.

First, be truthful with everyone about the times you’re in. Be realistic even with the kids on their level. Everything has changed and it may be this way for a while now. Be real about it.

Staying busy can help so assign jobs and duties. Even small things help others to believe they are helping and being busy helps keeps the mind off of the yucky stuff.

Prep some playing cards, board games and other things to keep busy when the chores are all done and you’re hunkered down for the night. Light safety may be a concern so plan ahead with some talking games or interesting stories you can share in complete darkness. If you have a book of stories you could read it before dark to prepare to share a story with the others after dark.

Children will do well with age appropriate flash cards, learning games and the like. If they are addicted to video games now, you may have some issues replacing that addiction so think ahead and prepare for individual disasters too. Perhaps now is the time to rethink where they are at with all their electronic gadgets as far as dependency. Hint: teach kids to read a map and not just work the GPS.

Keep frustration at bay with yourself and hopefully you can be an encourager in the tough times. Learn now how best to deal with you heaviest frustrations. Meditation works for some while others need some scream therapy. Most importantly, deal with it yourself and don’t take it out on others.

I hope this starts the ball rolling in your court as all of us deal with things differently. Think ahead for your family, tribe or community and be able to help keep morale as high as possible in the toughest times.

Blessings on your Journey,

BroJim