Effective Resources – The 10 Essentials

plural noun: resources
1. a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively.

1. in such a manner as to achieve a desired result.  “make sure that resources are used effectively”

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. Lewis Carroll

Needing something and knowing what you need can be two very different things. In a book this phenomena is often called a mystery and we read it avidly and for entertainment. In a movie watching the tension and conflict our heroine or hero face can be both puzzling and interesting when part of the audience. But in day to day living and it is you, there can be times when it is neither particularly enthralling nor interesting. It can be downright confusing and frustrating.
Having resources is important, especially before you really need them.
I think of the ten essentials (From the Mountaineers) to keep in your backpack when you go for a hike – even a little dayhike and how these correlate to day to day living. Essential Systems
1. Navigation (map & compass) → Know where you are and where you are going Trust your gut, it is the best compass any of us have.
2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen) → Boundaries are important, protect yourself. Know when to say yes and when to say “NO”.
3. Insulation (extra clothing) → Protect yourself. Know how to take care of yourself in all settings, intimate, work and social settings. The winds can change even if the day starts out sunny. This isn’t being negative. It is just being realistic.
4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight) → Think positively, no matter what you are experiencing, this too shall pass, even if sometimes we want to hold on to it forever or we want to have it disappear from sight.
5. First-aid supplies → Be prepared. What might you need when you are visiting with friends or family.
6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
7. Repair kit and tools →If something is broken, do you know what you need to do to fix it? If you don’t do you know someone that does, or a way to find that information.
8. Nutrition (extra food), what feeds your heart and soul? Is it art? Music, walks in nature, beach volleyball or the firing range. Knowing what your source is, is essential for well-being.
9. Hydration (extra water), Make sure your real thirsts are quenched. In today’s cyberworld everything comes at us so quickly it is hard to take a minute and determine what we really are needing. If we are craving something that may be a sign of avoidance, not need. When your real need is met (rest? Friends, a real meal, bill paying, fun, going to a museum… make your list of what really quenches your thirst. Carry it with you in special place in your pocket or wallet)
10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag). Know that no matter what you will always have a place that is safe and warm. We all need to be loved.
Suicide: If someone tells you they want to die or are thinking of killing themselves. Take them seriously. Stop what you are doing, nothing is more important than this person in this moment. Find out what they are thinking and planning. Find out if they have access to following through with a plan and get them to the emergency room as soon as possible. Do not leave them alone and do not leave lethal means in easy access. As part of the ten essentials it is imperative to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. If someone is doing or saying it for attention – it is because they NEED attention. If you can’t give it, get them to someone who can.

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