The wise advice to be prepared is timeless. Yet, I’m continually surprised at the depth of it. There was a time when it meant being ready to take a test or turn in an assignment; a time when it was about hitting a work deadline, and eventually a time when it was about taking steps of independence and starting my own family. That brought an onslaught of new applications to the principle and they moved through my life in perfect harmony with the winds of growth and progress which defined each season. On this note, I must express gratitude for this passing of time and progress. While some elements are those of which you desire an end to never come, there are plenty counterparts that keep you praying for a new day NOW.
Another interesting spin on this preparedness concept runs parallel to daily life. The wisdom of preparation steps in your life to help in times of scarcity make the difference between weathering a storm and being beaten by it. It’s better to be the industrious ant or squirrel than starving in winter. At the time, you may store up reserves thinking it’s for a big calamity or natural disaster, but it’s far more likely to be a personal winter; a lost job, wayward child, etc. And when you go through a few of these you can’t help but understand preparedness in a new light. It’s not about having a year’s supply of food or a garage full of emergency equipment, it’s about being able and willing to step up when the call comes. It means being emotionally and psychologically open to options and solutions as much as being physically able and willing to perform them. It may be a call to move for employment, to make changes impacting your children’s lives and ability to flourish or it could be as simple as being able to give your neighbor that egg or cup of sugar they just ran out of. The size and scope of arising needs is a colorful rainbow of opportunities, and they often intersect with the lives of others.
When my husband and I made the decision to move a few months ago, a key element of our decision was to prepare ourselves for the future. Although we couldn’t define why, we both felt a strong need to free ourselves from objects limiting our capacity to accept potential opportunities. (Like moving to Spain for example.) This move has been key in that process, in cutting financial strings. Surprisingly, it has also enabled us to consider things we wouldn’t have before.
Some things you can’t prepare for. You can’t even predict them. But I’m learning that when you’re doing your best to be prepared, that very process can be your strongest ally in the world of unknowns.
Our time here in California looks to be short. There are needs on the home front with my parents, there are needs within my growing family that being in our hometown can fill. We are now in a position and mindset to consider and deal with both. We couldn’t have seen or predicted these events, and yet here we are evaluating them. The stars seem to be lining up in a way that points to every step we’ve taken to this point having been to that end. Crazy how you can start out climbing one ladder only to realize when you get to the top that it’s pointing to one across the room. So on to the process of building a bridge between them.