While getting involved in preparedness and provident living, we often focus far too much on ourselves and not enough on helping others. It's easy to get caught up in all the things that we need to get done, things to learn, projects to complete, products to research, etc. However, are we setting aside some time each week or each month to share with others what we have learned?
There are three obvious reasons why doing this is important. There are plenty of reasons, but these three stick out.
1) First of all, the most obvious reason is that it's the right thing to do. It's plain and simple service... looking out for each other. We should be more anxiously engaged in sharing knowledge and skills with others, even when there is no obvious compensation.
2) Second of all, strategically it's of greater value to have associations with others that are prepared vs. being surrounded by others that are not prepared. It's the difference between assets and liabilities. In a neighborhood or community, having other like-minded and well prepared partners are a great strength. Surviving alone is a difficult task. Getting by with a few is better. Thriving with many is best.
3) Third, in teaching others, you fine tune your own skills and knowledge. There is no better method to look at a skill from new and different angles than when you are teaching it to others. So in teaching others, the knowledge is returned to the teacher in a greater capacity.
Obviously there are many more benefits in teaching others about preparedness, but suffice it to say that in doing so, everyone wins.
So where can you find opportunities to teach? The following is a very incomplete list of groups, organizations and individuals that you could consider...
- One on One w/ Friends & Family
- Blogs & Forums
- Facebook and Other Networking Medias
- Church Groups & Religious Organizations
- Boy Scouts & Similar Groups
- Family Events
- Grain and Preparedness Stores
- Local Feed Stores
There are countless ways not listed here to share your knowledge with others. Be creative and proactive in your efforts.
Last of all, make sure that you are working closely with your immediate family. Learn together with your spouse and involve your children. Make the learning enjoyable for them and ensure they are brought up with the knowledge that will allow them to be prepared themselves throughout their lives.
So get out and start sharing your knowledge, whether great or small, specialized or generalized, etc. Everyone has information or experience that can be shared with others. Be proactive. Others with be grateful and and you'll be edified in the process.
Enjoy the journey!