Five Minute Friday: Prepare

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“Are you prepared?”

This is a question I’ve been asking myself quite a lot over the last week. In between Christmas and making huge financial decisions about our future, let alone packing up a house in a month, it has sure felt relevant.

Can you ever be fully prepared? We certainly aren’t, and it doesn’t sit altogether comfortably. I shouldn’t be surprised. In becoming an adult, becoming responsible, one of the things you learn is how to mitigate risk. That’s why we have insurance, and guarantees, that’s why we prepare.

Isn’t it right? Be responsible, consider your options carefully, and avoid risk at all cost. In some ways it is completely acceptable and reasonable and right, and yet, you simply cannot avoid risk. It is a part of life, and one of the things about adulthood is realising that there will always be risk. You may sometimes feel like you tether on the edge of a precipice, because the world is ever turning and you never know what the future holds for you personally, for your family, your nation and worldwide.

So we are, in a way, prepared. And in others, we are not, and it’s OK. It’s something we all have to live and make peace with, and learn to thrive in it, embrace and revel in it. So here’s to life, and being prepared.

A bit.

I’m joining in with the Five Minute Friday crowd, so click on the link below to find other entries.

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7 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Prepare

  1. Pauline, it is so nice to meet you and be your neighbor at #FMFparty. You are right on track about our preparedness and risk. The safe part of ourselves wants to avoid all risk, while the part of self that seeks a bit of a thrill knows that risk sometimes brings incredible thrill and satisfaction. There is a tension there that must be managed, and being as prepared as possible, while leaving what is not possible to God, is how we managed it. Grace and peace!!

  2. It is so nice to meet you. You are spot on with your assessment of how preparations are limited to what we can control. Risk is a huge factor in living a joyful life. Thank-you for your post. I enjoyed it.

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