Ah, the words “no pain, no gain” rang in my head this morning, as they did two decades ago when I was struggling with my mid-life weight gain at the gym. Those words are even more applicable today in the current state of affairs. We must suffer now to gain control of our future.
Since this is merely my opinion, and, I’m sure has flaws, you can throw virtual eggs at me since real eggs are a commodity in short supply these days. Thank goodness virtual eggs don’t hurt physically, so feel free to throw.
Let’s keep in mind that this crisis is like all historical crises—temporary. To make sure it runs out of steam in the near-term rather than the long-term, we must nip it in the bud. Taking austere measures in the present can get us back to some timely sense of normalcy. Funny how so many took for granted the value of a savings account, a rainy-day stash. Add to that, toilet paper, bread, meat, OTC medicines and canned goods, most of which are flying off the shelves if any are left at all. Short-term pain is long-term gain.
Nipping this virus in the bud also means biting the bullet. That expression came from the old cowboy days when a country doctor had to inflict pain on a patient, and the only coping mechanism was literally biting a bullet. The patient’s end result was, hopefully, healing and wellness. At least that’s what the doctor intended.
Those of us who have lived in remote areas know the value of being prepared. So many made fun of me with my oversized pantry. They used to tease me that they didn’t need to be prepared. They could come shopping at my house in a crisis. Of course, being prepared, they’d have to face my Second Amendment preparedness as well. I am willing to give to whom I choose but not willing to surrender to thieves and bullies.
Of all elements of a civilized society, business, both big and small, should be prepared for ups and downs. Yes, reinvest in your business, but also have a contingency plan to carry you over in times of hardship. Those living in tornado alley, blizzard locations in cold country or along the coast in hurricane-prone areas should understand that Mother Nature is rather unpredictable and can be extremely harsh. They know about being prepared. If they aren’t, they face the consequences (unless they know that government will consistently bail them out). Facing consequences is learning the hard way, just like today. Government cannot bring you TP even if you call 911! Hard to believe that actually happened, but it did. That’s a sign of a whole other pandemic—STUPIDITY. And that one has been around forever, it seems. We’re overdue to start addressing that one.
Those who have not prepared with a cushion of resources, whether individuals or businesses, are facing some tough times. Because they require others to fill in their preparedness gap, many of us are struggling at a less critical level. I’m sure we’ll all pay higher taxes with the government throwing money at the problem areas. We all pay for others’ unpreparedness.
Mormons set the standard for preparedness, encouraging members to have a year’s worth of food and necessities. Most families can’t get through the week without running to the store for this or that. The best lesson from this pandemic is—BE PREPARED. The other lesson is that government can’t fix everything, and shouldn’t be expected to.
I went to our local grocery store to pick up a head of cabbage. No usual dispenser of wipes at the door. I asked the cashier about that. She said that people were stealing them. OMG. You talk about criminal, let alone plain old selfish. And those hoarding and trying to re-sell at a profit? All these people deserve whatever bad karma they get in life.
Back to no pain, no gain. We will suffer, no doubt, and some more than others. Who ever said life was fair? To think that government can eliminate all suffering is an ideology that will crumble our very foundation. I thought 9/11/01 would deliver the message of the value of preparedness. Complacency has crept in our society at warp speed. In a time of crisis, there must be suffering—physical, emotional, intellectual. Our faith will be challenged. Our community must pull together and do what’s right to help each other or lose its moral compass.
It’s time to put on our big-boy pants and face reality. Quit complaining about the inconvenience of empty store shelves. Even low-income families should try to prepare for the unexpected. I know my father (janitor) and mother (stay-at-home mom) survived layoffs and hard times because they planned the best they could. No help from family or friends—they had their own struggles. We never even had health insurance. Took my parents years to pay off medical bills. Ate lots of Campbell’s pork and beans. In today’s culture, where many welfare recipients walk around on cell phones and so many don’t need to work because they live off the government teat, do we truly know what suffering and sacrifice are? Some remember, and some just don’t know.
We must dig out that American ingenuity that our founding fathers had to use to survive physical hardship and financial collapse. Start scrounging through your resources—find ways to tighten the belt and get through this. Make do with whatever you have. I just hope you and your businesses have more than a week’s worth of sustenance. This crisis is surely a lesson learned, yes? If you don’t learn from this one, the next one will most likely send you over the edge. This pandemic may just be a way of either learning from experience or weeding out those who just refuse to learn. We can also start getting under control that other pandemic—stupidity.
Maybe I’m sounding too harsh on those who live from hand to mouth, both in their personal lives and their businesses. When I look back at the way my husband and I grew up, I know today’s population can plan better, regardless of income. And government shouldn’t penalize (tax) those of us who did prepare because of those who didn’t. Let the unprepared turn to their communities and neighborhoods to ask for voluntary assistance.
One last plea. I sure hope government—county, state and federal—hold people accountable for the money they get, money that all of us must and will provide through our taxes. It’s our money given to people and businesses we don’t know. I can only hope that President Trump makes accountability a major part of his pandemic bailout. He should know the importance of accountability, being a businessman and not a politician.
Ron Paul stated, “Taxation is theft when money is forcefully taken from one individual only to be handed over to another. This transfer of wealth is rife in America today and there are countless groups who fight to be on the receiving end of the theft.” Feel free to throw those virtual eggs.
Be safe, stay informed, and thanks for reading!
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