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Morale Monday 2

July 30, 2012

Morale – According to Merriam-Webster Morale is; the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps : the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future.

So what does it take to keep morale built up high? What can boost morale when it drops to depressing proportions? What do it take to raise morale in a long term disaster? I think everyone is different to a degree but there are probable similarities according to culture. For instance, I believe music in our culture can change or keep the morale peaked, provided it’s not the blues. Even the blues get some going and can change ones perspective.

All that boils down to the question of what can we do in a crisis situation, long term disaster or what I like to refer as SitX? Are you prepared with music? Do you play an instrument or have someone close by that does? Perhaps you have several hymnals on hand for a just in case situation. I do! Perhaps there is another universal tool for boosting morale you can employ.

Progress is another morale booster. We’ll talk about it next Morale Monday!

The purpose of Morale Monday is to get you thinking about how to build, keep and boost morale in a long term SitX event and Be Prepared.



Morale Monday 1

July 23, 2012

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,