🗽 Reflections on Independence

As we reflect on our nation’s independence this July 4th, let’s consider the role of independence for us as smart homeowners.

  • Today is part 1 of a series on this topic.

Why it matters: From natural disasters to systemic failures to economic uncertainties, different challenges require us to be prepared.

  • How should we think about readiness after a major storm, an extended electric grid outage or any number of events that create shortages at the grocery store or gas station?

🔭 Zoom out: Before we look at specifics, let’s step back and consider a larger framework.

  • Independence is good.
  • Interdependence is better.

In Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the first 3 habits are about becoming independent.

  • The second 3 habits are about interdependence.

Consider Habit 4: Think Win-Win

  • “Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions.”

⚓ Anchor this question in your mind as we envision ways to build a resilient community of interdependence.

  • What does it mean to be a neighbor?”

🖼️ The big picture: We will look at the 6 areas of preparedness.

  • Water, food, shelter, security, sanitation and first aid.

✅ For your Smart Homeowner list

  • Today, I’m celebrating what it means to be an interdependent neighbor.
  • Remembering ways my neighbors have helped me.
  • Grateful for times I’ve been able to help them.



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