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Doctor Prepper’s Weekly Prepper-Upper #12

Weighing in on…preparedness!


What’s holding YOU back from prepping?
So loaded down you think you’ll drown?
Time to tip the scales in your favor!

Prepping for the future without prepping your body is like buying the paddles without buying the canoe…Hello?

Whatever method you choose to improve your physical fitness will be an expression of you and your interests. You might be surprised at how beneficial and empowering this can actually be! Your survival fitness program could spill over into other areas of your life and improve your overall quality of living in general. Is it worth the risk? You bet! You’ll feel better and be better prepared for what life throws your way. It’s simply a matter of getting back to basics!

Read the rest here: Survival Fitness

She, in turn, blushes, rocks on her heels, puts her hands on her knees, leans forward and says, in a tiny quiet voice:

Do you like white water rafting? I do!

Take a large inflatable raft that holds 8-10 people, a skilled river guide to keep the raft moving on a safe course, a fast moving river with some challenging rapids, and scenery on both sides that takes your breath away … and you have the recipe for an incredibly wonderful time, or for disaster.

What makes the difference? Preparation. This means that you:

  • Write down exactly where you’re going and when you expect to arrive so that people know where to find you if you need help.
  • Have a clear plan of how you’ll get there plus the right tools and equipment for the journey.
  • Understand and obey the rules of safe travel, wear your life jacket at all times and follow the instructions of your guide.
  • Carry along survival supplies and a first aid kit for emergencies.
  • Have the good sense to stay away from known hazards!

Doesn’t this sound a lot like life? Let me tell you a story:

Several years ago on a white water rafting trip with some friends down the Flathead River in Montana, I experienced the unexpected.

We hit what is called a “hole”: a short, steep drop-off caused by a large rock underneath the surface. A big hole not seen in time can easily flip a raft. That’s exactly what happened.

One minute I was rockin’ and rollin’, having the time of my life. The next I was flailing in the Flathead in water the temperature of just-melted snow.

Did I have a moment of close communion with my Creator? You bet I did! It’s hard to imagine until we’re in situations like this just how powerless we really are against the forces of nature. I was, to say the least, extremely humbled by the experience. Fortunately, because of good preparation, neither I nor anyone else in the group suffered serious injury or loss of life in this mishap.

I remember oh so well the final words of instruction we received before starting our journey:

“In the very unlikely event that you and the raft should ever become separated, keep your feet pointed downstream so you can push off from the rocks, and go with the flow until you are rescued.”

Sometimes “going with the flow” of life may mean running a few rapids on your backside. Are you prepared for the ride?

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