How To Prepare Your Mind (and Life) for a Power Outage
It’s possible power outages are headed for your community this week. How do you prepare?
25 million people in the United States are currently under a winter storm watch.
From the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes. Communities across the nation are expecting up to one inch of snow per hour. Seventy percent of the U.S. will experience below-freezing temps this week.
Translating into: Blizzard conditions. Reduced visibility. And ice.
According to CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray, just 1/4" of ice adds enough weight to power lines to cause power outages.
Just one year ago this month, Texans experienced severe power outages following a winter storm watch.
Water pipes froze and broke. Roads iced up. Icicles dripped from ceiling fans.
And tragically, some Texas residents — including animals— froze to death.
Nearly four million people lost power — with minority neighborhoods being some of the hardest hit.
It’s possible similar outages are headed for your community this week. So how do you prepare?
Prepare your mind for power outages.
Prepare in advance mentally, and you’ll successfully adapt when a power outage — or another natural disaster — hits your community.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~Arthur Ashe
We can endure much more than we think. Modern-day stoics regularly practice living with less. Practicing poverty to prepare so they’ll have confidence for the worst scenario they can imagine.
Choosing to sleep on the floor. Eat only oatmeal for seven days. Or wearing the same clothes all week.
The ancient philosopher Seneca believed intentially being faced with challenges and obstacles was good practice.
“It’s an opportunity to practice forbearance and discipline. It’s a chance to show you would not be crushed by fate.” ~Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way