In devising The Serenity Project, it was tempting to spend an entire year taking hot baths, hitting the hay early, and buying lavender-scented goodies.
But that would have been cheating myself, and you. So the current topic contains some of the things that, if you’re like me, you’d prefer not to think about, but they’re niggling away at our serenity levels.
For Peace of Mind, I took a list of preparedness tasks and, with some squirming, looked at where I was falling short.
Happily, the Wiles household has working smoke detectors, an emergency plan, a shelter-in-place kit and even a grab-and-go bag. My health checks are up-to-date and we’re insured for the main disasters (except earthquake insurance, which was so shockingly expensive that we decided, like much of California, to deal with the chaos when it happens).
But I’d been putting off gaining decent first aid knowledge and it’s about thirty years since I had any self defense training, so these were clearly my action points. Unfortunately, my motivation has been pretty low.
- I did search online for a short women’s self defense class and was surprised how few I found. I have no desire to join a kickboxing gym (shudder the thought!), so can’t claim any progress here.
- I read part of the long-intended first aid book, but am not sure I’d be much better equipped if a loved one was bleeding profusely or unconscious. Since there’s nothing like hands-on practice, I need to look out for a class in this, too.
- My one success this week was to make a list of every card I carry in my wallet and note down numbers to call in case of loss or theft. I frequently forget which lesser-used cards lurk there, and I don’t want the stress of remembering if the unexpected happens. This, by the way, took less than 15 minutes, so I recommend it as an easy precaution.
Overall, I wish I could report better progress. I’d love to hear if you’ve exceeded my efforts and whether this topic is valuable or just a drag!
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