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Peace of Mind: Halfway Update

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.

Serenity Project 6: Peace of Mind Update

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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    Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie
    March 21, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Extremely important topic! How can you even hope to claim a little serenity for yourself if you’re not prepared when disaster strikes. That’s a very unsettling, unserene thought, if you ask me.

    I can feed all six members of my family a 1200-calorie diet for 30 days. If zombies start crawling the walls of my house during the earthquake that comes in the aftermath of near nuclear iniliation, I can adjust the calories downward and live a few more days. Water worries me. Anything to help me feel more serene about that? I’ve already scoped out my neighbors and know which ones I’ll eat when the food runs out. (Tip I learned while talking silly with a dear friend.)

    Kidding aside, I genuinely love this topic as part of living a serene life. Nothing makes me feel more at peace than knowing my loved ones will be safe and provided for should something happen.

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      March 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Wow, 30 days: that’s really impressive. Water is a headache though; it looks like the Red Cross thinks your family would need up to 180 gallons (not including canines!) so storing that is practically impossible.
      Delighted to hear you have those neighbors scoped out though 😉

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    Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie
    March 21, 2017 at 4:42 am

    I’m also certified in Wilderness First Aid and Urban Disaster Response, so I can karate chop a snake mid-strike while applying the tournaquet you so desperately need after that bear attack you endured. (I love camping and the outdoors.) Fly to my coast. Certification takes a full weekend, but there are lots of scheduling options.

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    Jean |
    March 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Julie, I’m beyond impressed with your preparedness! I used to be somewhat prepared, but that all fell by the wayside somewhere along the line. Pauline, I think this is a very important topic. And it has made me stop and think; I’m going to make a list today of things I can do to add to my serenity. So thank you! I used to have a list of every card in my wallet, then I decided to only carry one card. If you have a lot of cards, just pick out the one or few you will be using on a particular day and leave the rest at home.

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      March 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Yes, Julie wins the preparedness prize, I think.
      For those pesky cards, it really isn’t a big deal if my Starbucks or library card gets lost, but at least I won’t be torturing myself trying to remember. Jean, let us know if your list is helpful or just makes you more anxious…

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