In the last couple of years, I have uttered to myself, “worst since the Great
Depression” far too often for my liking. Frankly, it makes me nervous. The remedy to calm my nerves is homesteading.
As homesteaders, or those of us who aspire to be, self reliance is our direction. I believe it is important to reflect on the lessons learned by our grandparents and great-grandparents. Here are twelve life lessons to embrace today:
- Cowboy Up! No One Should Do This For You: We, as a people, are too dependent on the government. We are not entitled to receive anything accept that which God has given us. We need to step up and provide for ourselves, our family, friends and community. Sorry if this is harsh, but I know you can do this! 😉
- Devastation Happens Quickly, Be Prepared: The stock market crash occurred in October, 1929. By 1932, a year and a half later, 15
million workers lost their jobs and were unable to find other work. Our economy is now a world economy. Any crash will cause significant ripples not only in the USA , but worldwide. It will happen much faster. Be prepared.
- You Have No Control Over The Value Of The Dollar: Invest in other assets or invest in
yourself and build on your set of skills.
- Have A Plan For Tough Times: Knowing what you will do when income isn’t coming in they way you expect helps to decrease stress and eases you through a difficult transition. What type of work will always be needed, regardless of the circumstances?
- A Positive Attitude Sets You Free: My great-grandparents were adults and my grandparents were children when they went through the
Great Depression. One set of great-grandparents had a positive state of mind, while the other set did not. While both sets of great-grandparents suffered devastating losses, the set that remained positive didn’t agonize over these losses. They were much better off.
- You Do Not Need As Much
As You Think You Do: You can get by on far less. Allow this to become your mantra, “Do I need this?”
- Go Local ~ Family, Friends & Community: The more self reliant your family, friends and community are, the less the effects will be felt.
- Become Resourceful ~ Adapt & Diversify: See if you can re-purpose that or maybe you can create value out of that resource. Thinking outside of the box will help you immensely.
- Skills Are More Valuable Than Things: Many jobs disappeared during the Great Depression and many worldly possessions were, ahhh repossessed. If you have a large skill set, you can better adapt to the times, and no one can take those skills away from you.
- Become a Do It Yourself ~ er: Learn basic plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills, baking, cooking, herbal medicine, sewing and knitting skills. The next time you need to fix something, do not make a call or an appointment. Fix it yourself.
- Produce Your Own Food: Think about where your food comes from right now and then think of ways to provide that food yourself. Have a garden, raise quail, chickens or rabbits. Practice these skills now.
- Waste Not, Want Not: Reduce, reuse and recycle. Before this phrase became a popular saying, our parents, grandparents and great-parents believed and lived the proverb, “Waste Not, Want Not”. My wonderful grandparents always had several toasters and lamps in their basement, they saved plastic bags and twist ties, saved wrapping paper, collected pan drippings (fat) in a can and many other things were re-purposed and saved. Depression-raised children wore flour sack clothing; fabric re-purposed from flour sacks. Think on that a moment and then re-purpose something today.