Thursday, February 26, 2009

Seven Years


Today I wasn't planning to post.
As Robert Frost would say, I have "miles to go before I sleep."

But I happened to click through this article on my way to something else, and it kind of shocked me.
Seven Years. Exactly.

I'm thinking that "before I sleep" I may need to squeeze some time into my day to inventory my food storage one more time.

Holy Cow. (maybe even literally ... I know, right?)

I would love to hear what you think. Either here or there.

16 comments:

joanna said...

The things in that article are exactly what we need to remember EVERY DAY.
This morning I was thinking about the pride cycle discussed in the Book of Mormon in Alma, and a class I had at BYU where we talked about how to break that cycle of pride. The secret is to be humble in times of prosperity. Do not start gathering all the luxuries you can and forget the Lord. I also realized that NOW is OUR family's time of prosperity, ironically enough, and so we have been doing more in terms of food storage and updating our 72-hour kits, etc. I am not saying I never have pride, but I don't want to experience the fall, and be unprepared for disaster.
Thank you for sharing that article from Segullah (and for all your inspiring posts!)

Dave said...

totally with you.

times are getting scary, and if there was ever a time to get your house in order, this is it.

i'm getting serious about a garden this year.

and, if i can ever get someone to teach me how to hunt, the deer around here better look out.

Becky said...

Every time I read an article about being prepared or getting food storage, my immediate response is panic. But then I remember that we're not supposed to have it ALL done this very instant. For me, finding joy in the journey is just doing a little bit every week or every month. When I do it that way, I feel like I'm following counsel without stressing myself out. And it also makes me feel more secure, because at least I'm doing something.

Nancy Face said...

Hey! We just rotated out the nasty old water in our water storage barrels...that's something, right? ;)

Food storage is always important to me, but I haven't done as well lately as in the past. Thank you for the reminder! :)

beckers said...

Seven years to the day is a little scary. And it's scary to think that these last 7 years have been prosperous....cause I've felt a little famine-ish. Guess I need a little perspective, huh? Thanks for the article link!

the MomBabe said...

Oy, I'm HORRIBLE at food storage. I always have good intentions to do it, and then I just don't.

Annette Lyon said...

I saw that too. Sobering indeed.

Yvonne said...

Isn't it amazing, but then again, why should it be.

We had 7 years of plenty for sure. How long have we been told about preparing and getting out of debt. I struggle so much at rotating and I just know I'm going to be sorry when I start eating that stuff that is REALLY OLD ; (((((

Thanks for sharing.

LisAway said...

Sheesh. I really need to get going on food storage! We discussed it in our District conference last weekend (only the second time I've heard it mentioned in Poland) and my sister sent an email about a pandemic that is supposed to hit in the next two years and people will be quarantined and so we'll need food storage etc. (Obviously I'm not too sure about that one, but it's certainly possible).

I'd say President Hinkley is one inspired man.

Janell said...

Hey, neat, pretty cool. Seven's a nice number. Definitely entering into a famine season, though the length of that season is somewhat indefinite in length. It's inconvenient, but not frightening. If I were to loose my job _right_ _now_ I'd be in trouble, but if I can maintain it for another 3 month's I'll be in the safe zone again. I guess a lot of it is that I'm an inherent hoarder, crazy for bargains, and somewhat obsessive about managing money. I'm lucky, but it's also easier to conserve and store for a family of one than a family of more.

mormonhermitmom said...

I feel like I've been in the lean years longer than seven. But I also know that everything, even prosperity, is temporary. Sometimes it's just hanging on by your fingernails. It's just more harrowing when there are a lot more people hanging there alongside you....

goddessdivine said...

Let's just say that on Nov 4th, I committed there and then to substantially increase my food storage.....and I have. Still some work to do, but I feel a bit better.

Jo said...

Last October it hit us as well, that we are going to need to start doing something. We've been slowly working on it, but I definitely have the feeling in the back of my mind/heart that at least my family is going to need it, and how am I going to feel, knowing that I could have done something about it, but just chose not too?

i said...

right on!!! soooo glad there's a prophet...cause i've got no clue!

Jennifer said...

I agree that it does feel to me like we have been headed this direction for more than a year...more like 2 or 3. However I really do think that we just have to put for a little effort to be a little better. So if you are not doing food storage...or haven't checked for a while. Go look at your pantry today and make a quick list. Buy 3 more cans of speggetti sauce this week, and an extra bag of flour next week. Baby steps. it think we get ourselves into trouble when we try to take on everything all at once.

Jennifer said...

Oh yeah. I am serious this year about the garden too!!