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.