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Preppers should be both pessimistic and optimistic

Ice storms bring down power lines, thus resulting in power blackouts.
Ice storms bring down power lines, thus resulting in power blackouts.
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This article will discuss why preppers should be mainly pessimistic before a disaster, such as Hurricane Sandy, and then, mainly optimistic after such a disaster.

The reason why preppers should be mainly pessimistic before a disaster is because of Murphy’s Law, which states that, “if something can go wrong, it will go wrong, and usually it goes wrong at the worst possible time.” People in denial will optimistically think that they will not experience a disaster, or, if they do, they believe that the government will rescue them. Even those who have made some preparations for a disaster might underestimate the challenges that they will face.

One way to foresee such challenges is to try to pessimistically imagine everything that could possibly go wrong during a disaster. It is impossible to imagine everything that can go wrong, but such pessimistic thinking will help preppers to prepare more thoroughly for challenges than if the preppers were optimistic about what could go wrong.

As a result of their pessimistic imaginations, preppers will realize, for example, that they:

  1. Will need to do dry runs with new prepper equipment to make sure they know how to use such equipment.
  2. Will need a way to distract the attention of their family members from the frightening events that might be occurring.

Although anticipating what could go wrong will help preppers to prevent many problems, some disaster related problems cannot be prevented. Examples of such problems are:

  1. Daily routines of family members will be disrupted.
  2. Family members will be crowded into smaller spaces with less privacy for long periods of time.
  3. Family members will suffer from cabin fever.
  4. Stressed out family members will suffer from a loss of sleep.

These are the types of problems that require positive thinking. Examples of ways to promote positive thinking to family members include short affirmations such as:

  1. “This too will pass.” Medieval adage
  2. “Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.” - Author H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  3. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb.
  4. “He who conquers endures.” - Roman poet Persius
  5. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” – Proverbs 12:25
  6. “When the world whispers, Give up, hope whispers, Try one more time.” – Author unknown.

To use a multisensory approach, preppers can buy inspirational posters ahead of time.

What are your thoughts on pessimistic and optimistic thinking?

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