Who Can Benefit from Being More Self-Reliant?

By | March 12, 2015

You.

This could be the end of the article, but let’s continue just for kicks.

Imagine the Scenario

You’re in the woods. You’ve been lost for a week, and your supply of food bars is about to run out. There are plants and trees everywhere, but you have no idea which ones are edible. You try eating a green leaf off of a small plant, but you get extreme diarrhea as a result. You eventually starve to death. But not before enduring terrible fear and suffering. 

Sounds like a blast!

You were raised in a family that was dependent upon charity and government social welfare. You weren’t taught how to work hard for your keep. You reach adulthood and find that you also depend upon charity and government social welfare to survive. 

Yipee!

You’re an independent/autonomous person who strongly values self-determination and happen to be a genius, but you suffer from serious mental illness. You’ve got a lot to offer, but find that employment is a dead-end street.  You don’t have many contacts, and you lack a strong support group. You feel lost, alone, and as though your future is dim.

Are we excited yet?

Add the Secret Ingredient

Let’s tell these stories one more time, but we’ll change just one small thing. We’ll add the principle of self-reliance.

You’re in the woods. You’ve been lost for a week, and your supply of food bars is about to run out. There are plants and trees everywhere, and because you took an interest in your own survival as a preparation, you know exactly which plants are edible and which are not. You experience some discomfort and fear, but you are fed and survive long enough to be rescued.

Now that’s a happy ending!

You were raised in a family that was dependent upon charity and government social welfare. You learned at a young age how to work hard for your keep. You reach adulthood and find that you do not need charity and government social welfare to survive. In fact, you are the one who provides help to others in need.

Can I get an AMEN? AMEN!

You’re an independent/autonomous person who strongly values self-determination and happen to be a genius, but you suffer from serious mental illness. You’ve got a lot to offer, but find that employment is a dead-end street.  You take the time to really understand your strengths and limitations. You develop skills that will allow you to provide for yourself and your family without needing to depend on employment

That is what I call a miracle.

Self-reliance is the answer, my friends. 

Learn to prepare.

Learn to love to learn.

Learn to survive during hardship.

Learn to love to provide for yourself.

Learn to adapt so as to be able to overcome your limitations.

Be self-reliant!

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