Preparation is Key!
Let me shout this from the roof top! You failing to prepare is not my emergency. We have got to do better people. It’s really frustrating when I’m constantly getting calls from people wanting me to bail them out of their situations. As if I don’t have my own set of circumstances. At least once a month I am getting a call, text or email from family or friend asking for a miracle. It seems to me they forget I am only one person. I don’t have a two-income household (yet). I know he’s out there somewhere looking for me. Ooops, let’s get back on subject.
Can you believe some of them even ask me to use my credit cards to help? Ummm excuse me! Now I understand trying your best to be prepared and coming up short. Just last year I had to borrow a significant amount of money from friends to replace my 30-year-old furnace and a/c unit in my home. I had some of the money just not all of it. They saw my need and that I was trying, and they decided to chip in and help me. And if these family/friends were putting forth some sort of an effort, I would be more willing to try and help. But once again, let me reiterate, you failing to prepare is not my emergency!
And it’s not just money. I have people asking me to help them with resumes, fill out applications, apply for benefits and so much more. Now some of this is my fault because I have always been available. But at what point will these same people figure it out? Google works the same for all of us if we use it. I mean come on now, people are just lazy and don’t want to do the work. It’s this microwave mentality we need to get rid of. Shoot, I’ve learned how to install new lighting, change oil in a car, or switch out an outlet from Google!
Can you imagine being alive in the Biblical days? God told Noah to prepare for a storm and he listened. He built an ark and his family with many animals were saved from the flood. Seems like a fairytale, doesn’t it? But the point of the story was his preparation. Had he not prepared, his family and those animals would have drowned. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:3 commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Are we always gonna have everything we need when we plan accordingly? Not always. Some things are beyond our control. I never thought Gina would get as sick as she did and leave behind a huge medical bill. But she did. Did I plan that well? Absolutely not. I didn’t have pet insurance and therefore was left with a debt that would have been handled had I taken care of business. I failed in that area. Now that I know better, in the future I must do better.
Colin Powell once said, “there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
I don’t want to discourage you from asking for help when you need it. Just make sure you are doing your part too. As you learn to adjust and prepare yourself, life should be a little bit easier.
Sending you love, light and positive vibes,
"Always remember to LIVE life to the fullest, to LAUGH at everything and to LOVE unconditionally!"