This image says quite a bit, doesn’t it? When discussing preparedness, training, NPT building, and sustained readiness, it rings even more true. Lately some folks I know who started on the road to getting themselves ready to take care of ‘precious cargo’ have demonstrated where they really are by virtue of their priorities.
One example is a young man I know who had been asking quite a lot about a particular firearm and some training to go along with it once he purchased it over the last couple months. He told me he had specifically ear-marked his growing fund for a good AR, a couple cases of ammo, and magazines. He was supposed to make a purchase at the end of September. Today he volunteered that he had to put off the purchase because he needed to buy a new air conditioner, but within a few months, he’d be back on track, so everything was fine.
Here it is, after mid-September, in what is considered the Northern Tier, with cold weather right around the corner, ie, “winter,” and this person chooses to realign his priorities to take care of ‘next summer’s comfort.’ This same man has sat and asked questions and researched long and hard while on his own coming up with the determination that he needed to re-prioritize his life to include time for training, equipment purchase, and NPT building.
Same with getting oneself into better physical condition. When conducting classes, I see many participants vow to get in better shape, because the simple act of putting on a fully loaded ruck sack is next to impossible without assistance. Chance contact some time after class is concluded show’s no difference in appearance or capabilities. What’s the demonstrated priority?
Check out your own group of ‘like minded’ folks. In regards to fitness, how much ‘nutrition deficient’ substances (food) are they eating when you gather? Have they started a good PT program? Or have the people/person in question even been to their doctor to get clearance to start? Or is it too much trouble? Or will he or she start, “tomorrow?”
In regard to defensive tools and equipment, have your ‘like minded’ associates gotten themselves outfitted with the minimum necessary gear, starting with good quality boots to handle a WROL scenario? Or are they promising to get busy, ‘tomorrow’?
Tomorrow never gets here. It’s always today. Always.
In one of the “Rocky” movies, “Rocky III,” I believe. Rocky is having a hard time getting off the dime in his training to take on ‘Clubber Lang’, played by Mr. T. Appollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, is asking Rocky what’s wrong with him, and Rocky says, “Tomorrow….I’ll do better tomorrow….” and Creed says, “There IS no tomorrow!”
Wisdom. Pearls of wisdom.
So….look deep inside. Analyze and evaluate your priorities. Start now, not today, NOW.