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What is in Your Survival Kit?

By on Dec 15, 2013

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Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. – Soren Kierkegaard

Dec. 14, 2013 – KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 21 States Under Winter Warning Today

Winter Storm Electra is spreading snow and creating dangerous road conditions from the Midwest to the Northeast this weekend. Folks who live in the path of the storm are being advised to stay home and not travel.

But if travel is necessary, then packing a survival kit and placing it in your car is recommended. Here are some of the suggested items:

  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • first aid kit with pocket knife
  • necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • cell phone adapter

If stranded, these items give the best chance of surviving freezing temperatures. Taking the time to plan, and then being prepared for the worse, just makes sense.

But, how do you plan for the other storms in life? The storms that don’t bring snow, ice or hazardous road conditions, but can bring disappointment, hardship and loss.

Life’s painful sting

Even though I hope for the best, I also know that life’s painful sting can strike at any time. From the unexpected death of my brother to the life-threatening illness my daughter had to overcome, there have been times when I have felt stranded – hopeless, thinking that help was never coming.

But just as I was reaching rock bottom, I would remember that I’ve spent a lifetime packing my survival kit and it is always within reach. All I have to do is open it and start using the life-giving items it contains.

Here is what’s in my survival kit:

  • A dose of faith.
    I use faith for the times when I feel my knees buckle and my heart sink. Sometimes life’s most important lessons are presented in difficult ways. But once experienced, these lessons, along with a dose of faith, help me find the strength to carry on.
  • A return of confidence.
    On the days when I’m not feeling confident, I ask what a confident man would do. When I begin acting confident, I can feel my confidence return.
  • The love of my family.
    No matter the storm’s strength, the love of my family is always there to give me shelter, warmth and solace.
  • Sharing my heart.
    Writing offers the opportunity to share what’s on my mind and what’s living in my heart. I often say that writing is like medicine for my soul – it provides a refuge from the storm.
  • Prayer.
    An open dialog in which I don’t ask for things to change as much as I ask for understanding of why things are happening as they are.
  • Laughter.
    Finding humor in a difficult situation keeps my spirit alive. Like writing, laughter is also good medicine.
  • Asking for help.
    We are never alone, even though it may feel that way sometimes. When I face hardship, asking for help from someone who has faced a similar situation gives me a better perspective of how to manage through it.
  • Remembering that life isn’t always fair.
    Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. Put bluntly, sometimes life just sucks. I can’t bring my brother back, but I can choose a path forward that honors his life and brings me peace.
  • Stay strong.
    I close most emails with the words Stay strong. This closing is a mantra that reminds me that even when life’s more fierce storms hit, we, I, have to stay strong because there’s more to be done even in the face of adversity.
  • So, what’s in your survival kit? Please share in Comments below. Reading by email? Just click through to the site to share.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • I like your survival kit Alex. For me, if there’s one thing I recommend in everyone’s survival kit and it’s this – reminders on death.

    It seems to be something that is grim and painful but it’s something that we can’t run away from. It can also help to motivate us to make the life we live as good as possible and with minimum regrets.

  • I like the idea of having a survival kit for life Alex. The things we already have in place are so much easier to access if times get tough than waiting till the storm hits before developing them. So I practice my golden techniques every day. Keeps me sharp!

    • I’m intrigued Elle. Do you mind sharing one of your gold techniques?

  • I love these suggestions Alex. Life can definitely throw us come curve balls and we do need to be prepared. I try and learn as much about the situation as I can and do as much as I can to take care of myself, so that I really can be available to help others if need be. Thanks for the inspiration – beautiful!

    • Self-care is important Cathy and a great reminder that we have to give ourselves medicine first if we want to be strong enough to help others!

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