Suzy Q: Freedom to THRIVE
Independence Day has gotten me thinking about—well, what else but independence? This month while we celebrate our country’s independence, I hope we can spare some thought for our own personal independence as well. As a group that is particularly concerned with self-reliance, which is incidentally listed as a synonym of independence in the dictionary, we know that being prepared is an important part of achieving independence.
The dictionary defines independent as “not subject to control by others” and “not requiring or relying on other people or things.” It’s interesting to think that when you’re prepared, when you have a Home Store stocked with food, water, and emergency supplies, you are asserting your independence—you’re refusing to be controlled by outside forces, whether they’re as small as food price and availability at the grocery store or as big as natural or economic disasters.
Independence means not being at the mercy of anyone or anything else—not the flood that just hit your hometown, not an unexpected layoff, not even electricity or refrigeration. It means not having to rely on anything else to put food on the table for your family every day, no matter what. Hopefully, those of you who are reading this have either reached this point or are working toward it with Shelf Reliance. You have found that THRIVE provides freedom from food that spoils before you can eat it all; Food Rotation Systems empower you to refuse to be ruled by a pantry so messy that you can’t keep track of what you’re storing and eating; and emergency supplies prevent panic from taking control when the unthinkable happens. In short, you’ve discovered the freedom to live without the constant fear of all the uncontrollable variables that life could throw your way at any moment. You know that no matter what, you’re ready.
Many of you are consultants who have teamed with Shelf Reliance to achieve independence in other areas of your lives as well—freedom to earn an income while working the hours you choose at a pace you choose, and to fit your job to your lifestyle instead of the other way around. But whether you’ve partnered with Shelf Reliance to start building a Home Store or to kick-start your career, you should be proud of the things you’ve accomplished and the freedoms you’ve claimed. I would even encourage you to set an independence day of your own, a date by which you will have reached a milestone of independence, whether it’s reaching a certain amount of food in your Home Store or hitting a new consultant rank. Even if there are no fireworks, there will be plenty to celebrate.
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