My wife and I are going camping this weekend, and in usual family fashion – following the example of my parents – we sent out the obligatory ‘Here is our contact and emergency’ e-mail. When my mom sends it out it is usually ended with or followed with a phone call stating something like ‘Now you have it, so you won’t need it.’
What she, and we all, mean when we provide this information is: through some karmic universal energy, should we not provide said pertinent information, someone would need it. But because we had the forethought to provide the info all will be saved from needing to use said info. As if taking these precautions is a mystical shield from tragic events occurring.
Of course this does not apply only to those instances of leaving town. It also means a general preparedness for events or even just daily routine. If you have the tool, or the ingredient, then you will not miss it later. Our family has an uncanny ability to bring the items we will not need, but forget or leave behind the one thing we did – so better provide or bring everything.
Some examples: As you are walking out the door and think – hmmm, should I take that? – the very thought should be a mandate to do it because invariably if you do not, then you will need it. When you are at the store and think – I can’t remember if we are out of that or need more – it means you are out and better pick it up. If you meet someone who can help you in some manner, and you don’t ask for their contact information, you will be scrambling to find them somehow at a later point.
OK so it is essentially ‘Be Prepared’, but that is boring and does not ring off the tongue like our longer version and is something we all can follow for a less stressful life.
Now, sorry, but I need to get back to putting together my Zombie Preparedness Plan.