The Lesson That Transformed My Approach to Preparedness

The Lesson That Transformed My Approach to Preparedness

Let me tell you a story.

Like other stories I've shared recently, this one contains a powerful lesson about preparedness, which is why I bring you this one today. Sometimes the simplest, strangest things teach you a lot about preparedness. For example, recently I've told you about the lessons I learned from fallen trees and toilet paper!

However, unlike those stories, this didn't happen recently. In fact, this may be the first preparedness lesson I ever learned.

When I was 9-years-old, I didn't have a clue about preparedness. I had no way of knowing that many years down the road, I'd develop a deep passion for living a self-reliant lifestyle, off the grid, in northern Idaho. But the lesson I learned then means even more to me now.

It all started when my grandpa asked me, "Hey Matt, wanna go for a ride?"

We hopped into his red Chevy pickup, and as we got a bit down the road, he handed me a blank envelope with a letter inside. He said, "I want you to address that letter for me while I drive. I'll tell you what to write."

"But grandpa," I said, "I don't have a pen."

He smiled and pulled a pen from his shirt pocket. He handed it to me and said, "Always carry a pen."

He told me that you never knew when you would need one. To write a quick thank you note. To cash a check. To jot down a great business idea. Or to give your number to the pretty girl across the room.

That last little tip proved very useful and helped me meet the woman who became my wife.

What does this all have to do with emergency preparedness?

Sure, a pen can have some handy survival uses, but that's not what today's lesson is about. It's about adjusting the way we think about preparedness. Simply put, it's an attitude adjustment.

Want to change the way you think about preparedness? Click the link below and I'll explain.


For my grandfather, carrying a pen meant he was ready for all of life's opportunities - big and small. He was a simple, hardworking man. He couldn't afford to let something pass him by.

Then it hit me - what if we started thinking of preparing for emergencies as a way of embracing opportunity? The opportunity to avoid panic and worry, to rely only on ourselves, to enjoy true freedom?

A lot of companies in this industry think that you need to be scared of getting prepared. Basically, they're saying "get prepared or face the consequences."

But the truth is, if you look at preparedness as an opportunity, you're well on your way to embracing a whole new lifestyle. You can wake up each day knowing you will seize every opportunity to be more prepared than the day before.

At My Patriot Supply, we'll never use fear as a tactic just to get a sale. Our bottom line is helping you get prepared and earning your lifelong trust and loyalty. Period.

We know that, when you have the right preparedness supplies on hand, even a crisis can become an opportunity. It's our job to help you see it that way.

If you're ready to take the next step in your preparedness journey, our experts have a pen ready and are standing by.

Give us a call at 866-229-0927 or shop online. But don't miss the opportunity life has given you - prepare today!

From snowy N. Idaho,

Grant Miller
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply

P.S. If you're not sure what you need, whether you're just getting started or want to add to your preparedness plan, I always recommend a 4-Week Emergency Food Supply

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