How Do You Adapt When the Rules Are Constantly Changing?

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by Joanna Miller

As soon as it became apparent last summer that Covid was not going to kill everyone within the year, I would occasionally hear people joke that November 4 (aka: Election Day) would be the magic cure. 

Well, they were wrong.

Dr. Fauci waited until Biden’s inauguration to give an update on COVID-19

Dr. Fauci made his return to the Whitehouse on January 21 at a press briefing. During the briefing, Fauci said about the virus, “Right now, it looks like it might actually be plateauing in the sense of turning around.”

Read the entire press briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, January 21, 2021, here.

Or, watch the interestingly-timed briefing in the video below.

Constantly changing rules, numbers, and stats make it difficult to discern truth from fiction

A few months ago, I wrote about how often the facts about COVID change, and none of this surprises me. This “game” goes beyond party politics; I believe the powers that be want to keep all the regular joes in a state of panic. Daisy has reported from the very beginning that the numbers did not add up.

For example, even the CDC admits flu cases are low this year despite a higher number of tests. Maybe the hand-washing, sanitizing, and social-distancing due to Covid has prevented the flu from spreading. Perhaps hospitals have reported things differently this year due to the financial incentives associated with reporting patients as Covid positive

Regardless of the reason, one would think that the dramatic decrease in flu cases would be cause for celebration. Not so. The still CDC urges people to get flu shots because “diseases can strike at any time.” That may be true. However, why are the people in charge of our nation’s health not concerned about the mental health impacts of constantly bombarding the public with messages about one dangerous disease after another?

When do we get a break from the fear and panic?

It seems like the public is teased daily with the thought of going “back to normal.” However, only IF we do exactly as they say and get the vaccine. I don’t have a problem with informed adults receiving the vaccine by choice. I do have a problem with the consolidation of power and the exertion of control.  

The timing of Fauci’s announcement about seeing the light at the end of the Covid tunnel cannot be coincidental. My personal prediction is that things will ease up a little bit. However, with the new mutant strains of Covid, government authorities will have an endless excuse to impose lockdowns as they see fit. Covid will continue to mutate – that’s what viruses do. 

And with the mainstream media reporting every new mutation as though it’s more dangerous than the last, the fuel for those excuses to lock things down will remain readily available. 

As the World Economic Forum’s event comes to an end, what will the results be?

The World Economic Forum met this past week (January 25-29) for The Davos Agenda event. The report on the website reads as follows:

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that no institution or individual alone can address the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges of our complex, interdependent world. The pandemic itself will not transform the world, but it has accelerated systemic changes that were apparent before its inception. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021. The time to rebuild trust and to make crucial choices is fast approaching as the need to reset priorities and the urgency to reform systems grow stronger around the world.

The Davos Agenda is a pioneering mobilization of global leaders to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in this challenging new context. It is essential for leaders from all walks of life to work together virtually for a more inclusive, cohesive and sustainable future as soon as possible in 2021. To this end, the World Economic Forum has served for more than 50 years as a trusted platform where leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society and academia convene to address critical issues at the start of each year.

An entire week of global programming will be dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year.

As these participants are deciding our fate and the fate of the world, what actions can we take?

“Prepping” is probably the most obvious answer to anyone reading the articles on The Organic Prepper. One of the things I most enjoy about this online community is the massive prepping facets discussed. There have been plenty of articles written about Building a Better Bug Out Bag, and even Often Over-Looked Necessities. You can find bug-out plans, excellent articles on how to survive SHTF events and links to books with even more useful information. You can find just about everything you need on The OP, including How to Prep for 2021. 

I’m not an expert in any of these particular fields. I grew up in the suburbs, and though we were low-income, I still grew up with the mentality that if I did well in school, worked hard, and married a go-getter, my life would continually improve.  

Well, it didn’t.

I learned the hard way that the Universe doesn’t follow my plans

The loss of my brother in my mid-twenties kicked off a long bout with depression. Due to a combination of poor decisions and bad luck, I found myself in my early thirties divorced with three young children, unemployed, living in an inconsistently maintained small home on four non-irrigated acres, thousands of miles away from family and friends. 

Finally realizing I needed to change my frame of mind, I shed the suburban-nice-girl image, both outwardly and internally. With the help of my extended family, neighbors, and YouTube, I have been able to make my house comfortable. I had become a capable gardener while living in the suburbs. I have since expanded my skills to raising poultry and livestock. Along with the animals came a crash course in building various types of fencing and housing. 

Basically, my transition from suburban consumer to a (somewhat, partially, still-learning) producer and prepper began with divorce and my move to the country. My point is simply this: most of us can endure more than we think. 

Is the United States in a slow-burning SHTF situation?

One of the OP writers, Fabian, describes living in a third world country as a long, slow-burning SHTF situation. I wonder if that’s where the U.S. currently stands. Part of me thinks that the crash of 2008 was our last chance to course-correct and still maintain our status as a first-world country. Maybe if we had let the big banks fail then, we could have avoided some of our debt problems now. Now, it seems, we are in too deep, and there is no way of paying off the debt.

Reason and observation tell me that Americans will likely have to get used to a much lower standard of living than anticipated. I know that the Davos crowd and tech elites want Americans to make do with less. Our ability to deal with it does not excuse their high-handedness, their willingness to treat people as machines to be shut on or off as needed.  

If this is a slow-burning SHTF, we need to prepare our minds now

Ask yourself, in the long, slow, downward slide we may be in for, “What do we need to live a good life?” Basic necessities come first, of course; healthy food and reliable shelter. Warm clothes may be high on the list, depending on where you live. After that, answers become more personal. A fulfilling career, happy family relationships, solid friendships, and access to nature are things that most people need. The level of importance varies significantly between individuals.

I’m not telling anyone to go and quit their day job. But it’s worth bearing in mind that humanity has only had tech giants for a couple of decades and industry magnates for a few centuries. Humanity survived for a long time as little farmers, hunters, and craftspeople of various types. We need to find out now where we fit into that kind of scenario. And we need to understand, as Selco has repeatedly warned us, that when the SHTF, the rules change.

Outlook, mindset, and resilience matter

As Terry Trahan writes, “…mindset always comes first, for a reason. Without it, no amount of training, or especially gear, will work. You have to have your mind tuned properly. You need to be able to prioritize what needs to be done when, how to do it, and be able to perform the actions needed to get the job done.”

The worst years of my life were between 2013 and 2015. The very worst was the year after the divorce. I was stuck in a house in poor condition, without the skills or money to fix it. And, I had the mindset that I didn’t deserve any of this.

Around 2018, things began to change. I became more competent at managing household problems. I made far fewer expensive mistakes. Whether I had to tackle a plumbing issue or chase down animals, I had gotten far better at dealing with my day-to-day problems. My vastly improved countenance at that time had to do with feeling more confident in my living situation and finding a church community. I became more resilient.

I’ve got a house of teens and pre-teens these days. We’re pretty happy together, and we’re content without Disney vacations, central air-conditioning, fashionable clothes, or more than one bathroom.  

My kids surprise me sometimes with their resilience. Some time ago, my water heater burst. We had to shut off the water to the house for a couple of days while the heater got repaired. I told the kids I would need them to help haul buckets of water from my neighbor’s well. I expected some whining; instead, my kids said, “We need to haul water? We’re just like medieval peasants!” Sure enough, they hauled water those days and made a game out of it. 

Prosperity has been equated with virtue for far too long

We need to return to the basics and ask ourselves some elementary questions: What does it mean to be a good person? How can we struggle outwardly for survival and inwardly be at peace with ourselves? How do we handle financial hardship without seeing ourselves as failures?  Let’s discuss these questions in the comments.

It’s easy to feel powerless, but it’s worth bearing in mind that humans have survived a lot. We may have more and more limited control over where we can go and how we can earn money, but we can control our mindset. The United States was originally founded to be a place where people could live freely, without undue harassment by government authorities. While those ideals were never perfectly implemented, they are worth remembering. 

Have faith (whichever faith feeds your soul), build your preppertoire, and stay gray.


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  • Great article.

    Our kitchen is kinda like some of those casual sit down restaurants, with signs all over the walls.
    Some are funny,
    “Sometimes I open my mouth and my mother comes out.”
    “Keep Calm and Drink Wine.”
    Others are thoughtful,
    “Who Never Know How Strong You Are Until Being Strong Is the Only Choice You Have.”
    Keep ones self of humor while also keeping a resilient mindset.

    Perhaps in the future we will be able to look back on this, shake our heads and maybe give a short laugh.
    Unfortunately our leadership seems to be hell bent on turning this pandemic into permademic (Dont wear masks! Wear masks! Dont wear masks! Wear 2 masks! Maybe even more masks! Dont wear masks!).

    As for the lower standard of living, many of those in the middle class are struggling or even living paycheck to paycheck is mostly self-inflicted. They wanted the 2,400sqft McMansion for a family of 3, taking 30-40% of their take home pay in the house payment alone. Pre-COVD, most Americans dinned out 3-4 times a week and order in the other days. They cannot afford a $400 emergency without resorting to CC or getting a loan from friends or family.
    America needs to downsize, get out of debt, and learn to live life more simply.

    • “America needs to downsize, get out of debt, and learn to live life more simply”

      that’s the plan. “you will own nothing, and be happy! or else!”

      • I own my place, it’s NOT a mansion but it’s mine nonetheless. I have paid “cash” for all that I have wanted or needed. I own a car payment for the next 10 mos. and it’s over. I hope to live long enough to pay it off so I am no longer a slave to the lender!
        Good advise is to pay off as much as possible and OWE nothing b/c the times ahead of us are going to cost more and be A LOT more trying and frustrating to us that the times now or in our past that we can ever remember…NO debt is when you will live more stress-free and can sleep better, relax more and be happier!!!

        • @Wandakate Robinson,
          Well said.
          There is something about being debt free that brings a degree of peace of mind.
          Or, if you can get all the debt down to just one or two liabilities (house, car), and nothing else, not too shabby.
          Everything else goes into home improvements, savings, gardens, etc. and the occasional splurge.

        • “I own my place”

          not if you don’t pay the taxes. and if you don’t have a mortgage your taxes will be raised accordingly so that you pay your “fair share”.

          “NO debt is when you will live more stress-free”

          you’re held liable for the $27 trillion in debt run up by the federal government – your share is about $270,000. not to mention any debt your state government has. not to mention $100 trillion in unfunded pension and benefit liabilities.

          not to mention soon-to-be-imposed reparations ….

          • I’m sorry you’re feeling so negative, gman.

            Over what do we have control? Certainly not the trillions of fiat dollars the govt keeps dreaming up.

            But over our own little scrap of land? Yes. Sure, there are taxes to be considered, but if you live below your means, those are not too much – at least for the time being.

            When you control what is in your control, and brush away the rest, your life can definitely be more stress-free, as WandakateRobinson said.

            Unless, of course, you insist on focusing on the negative. Then your stress will increase exponentially.

  • “s the United States in a slow-burning SHTF situation?”

    no, we’re in the beginning phases of a communist takeover situation. like someone said, “right now the only thing worse than for it all to collapse would be for it all not to collapse,” and that’s where we are.

  • They aren’t looking for adaptation. They are looking for blind compliance and seeing how far it can be pushed. When you don’t you disappear.
    The recent actions are provocative in seeing who will react. They’ve cleansed themselves of several hundred “trouble makers” AKA the ones who jumped first.
    It’s like peeling an onion. You don’t break in half you take layers.

  • I’ll be honest and upfront, and tell you I don’t respond well to changing rules. I’m a stubborn Auld Curmudgeon anyway, and when ludicrous and ridiculous changes begin, I dig in for the fight, and revel in it. Gets me in hot water, but I stand by my beliefs, whether anyone agrees with them or not doesn’t matter.

    Our nation is as divided right now as we were in 1860. We’re teetering on the precipice to Civil War, and frankly, one side is responsible for that. There is nearly no common ground between the two sides. Compromise, one of our greatest virtues, doesn’t exist anymore, because one side has chosen to ignore, lamblast and demonize the other, both privately and publically. I firmly believe that our government is broken beyond repair.
    We’re experiencing the most audacious assault on our Civil Liberties in our nation’s history, and it’s only going to get worse. The Executive Branch of our government, is becoming more dictatorial every day, and the Legislature is perfectly willing and encouraging more. Free Speech is verboten. Our Right To Keep and Bear Arms will face renewed and enthusiastic attacks, and will soon fall to Executive Actions piecemeal.
    Door to door confiscation is coming.
    The sweeping Election Reform, one side is drafting, will codify and legalize every dirty trick/crime one Party used to seize power. Special protected rights and privileges have been granted to a very small minority of psychosis influenced gender deniers at the expense and infringement upon the rights of 99% of the country. 11 to 22 million illegal aliens will be granted mass amnesty and citizenship. No one knows what percentage are hardened career criminals, though all are guilty of entering the country illegally. Our Energy Industry was just shut down by Dictatorial Decree, the unemployment fallout from which tens of millions of jobs just evaporated.
    This is just a few examples of the changes we’re experiencing since the Peepad/Kneepad Administration was installed.
    More is coming, and not a single action taken or the promise of more to come benefits the country as a whole. Many of the actions are actually endangering our national security.
    Welcome to Totalitarianism my Prepper friends.

    • You’ve already adapted. Back in the day, the standard was “live and let live” if you were non-denominational, or “live righteous and proselytize to the masses” if you were Christian. Also, unions were king, the safety nets were sacrosanct, infrastructure maintenance was expected of government, and corporations paid high taxes. That was back in the day (’70s-’90s). (And the elected officials were to be respected, even if you hated their guts.)

      Now, the standard is “denounce any unlike you” regardless of religion, “unionizing is evil”, “safety nets are theft”, and corporations have managed to get lawmakers to lower their taxes. (Now, only those you want to be elected are worthy of any respect, regardless of whether their policies harm you.)

      You’ve adapted already. Were you not adapting, you’d be decrying either all the “Trickle Down idiocy” or the “New Republicans, in their many forms”. You’d be decrying either the loss of unions or the loss of work to robots. You’d be praising the gov’t when it steps in to help, or praising it for meddling in other countries’ affairs. And you’d probably either celebrate your Christianity or pay lip service to doing so. (That’s what I remember people doing in Sierra Vista, Tucson, and Phoenix.)

      (I also remember the Anarchy Cookbook was still buyable until the late ’90s; In ’96 I could still order one, but couldn’t in ’99. Foxfire was much the same…)

  • I read this article and it’s good, however we ALL (well almost ALL ) of us have FAILED sorely to read our BIBLES (if we have one that is), and know what the scriptures tell us about hard times and the future of things. We MUST persevere. The more we suffer, the better off we will be in the end to take care of things. But the person who hasn’t yet suffered physical loss, financial or emotional or spiritual loss has NOT learned how to really and truly survive.
    The scriptures tell us that we WILL suffer trials and tribulations in this life. We will go thru many hardships, in various forms.
    JESUS (if anyone out there still believes in Him) told us that times will change and that those who persevere and adapt will in the end be saved. We were told we would have wars and rumors of wars, FAMINE, DROUGH, and EARTHQUAKES and DISEASE in various places, and that weather events would happen, many of them before the end of this age is over. SO what we are now experiencing is just the beginning of the problems, and they are far from being over. The Bible explains it as the beginning of birth pains b/c just with birth pains they do increase in frequency, they hurt more and are awful until they are over… That is how our lives will be until it’s over.
    This suffering isn’t going to just magically go away. Our lives (the one we knew as “normal”) were ALL over in 2019…When we yelled and celebrated the Happy New Year of 2020 and beyond that started the NEW life for ALL of us. Welcome to the New World order (this year) and look for the One World Religion to spring up as well as the One World Government b/c it’s all really just right around the corner and actually just a matter of time until it all happen. Will we have war with China/Russia ? (highly possible), will we have a huge food crisis ? ( VERY possible), do we need to learn new skills to survive ? (very likely) yes. DO we need to get our spiritual house in order ? (absolutely) ,and the sooner the better! We focus on our gym memberships and thus physical health which is needed to survive but we must also focus on our mental health and most of all our spiritually health b/c time is getting shorter day by day and then life will be over before we know it. SO do yourself a favor and come down to earth, get out of your bubble, take your head out of the sand and get your act together and realize that what you see is what you get. What we have now is our “new life” and from here on out, like it or not (and we don’t), but it is what it is, and according to the scripture (in this life) it will NOT improve, it will NOT get any better and is is unfortunately our “new normal”…
    I am NOT being pessimistic but actually attempting to be FACTUAL…NOT negative either but again the FACTS are the FACTS, and you can only be asleep at the wheel for so long when things comes crashing down. Therefore, (this is the time to wake up) and as they say… smell the coffee and yes there are thorns instead of roses but GOD is on the throne and He has a good plan laid out for us if we believe in Him and His plan, if you do not believe in Him and HIs plan then you will not only suffer in this life but in the spiritual life that is to shortly come.. It’s called our eternity !.Bless us all and GOD bless the United States of America. I am NOT a preacher no, but just a person that knows scripture and realizes that things are NOT always as they seem…I am able to see the facts and be honest about them and I DO NOT live, in a fantasy world of what was, but more of what is and what will be. There come a time to get away from Mickey and Minnie and that fairy-tale life and fact the realities of life and the facts. The Bible does tell us, WHEN YOU KNOW THE TRUTH, THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE…

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment. So very true. The world is and has been intentionally gas lighted this past year with yo-yoing back and forth. God/Jesus is the only answer and he works through his people. A few of my favorite verses from

      6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6

      and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

      Fear is such a powerful emotion in humans when we allow it to take us over it drives compassion right out of our hearts.~Thomas Aquinas

      2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.

      The Full Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-17
      10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

    • LOL

      I remember the ACB from my old BBS days. So many copies of it floating around, and we never did trust them, because anarchists would almost be obligated to mess with it.

      Still, I’ll go have a look at the link you so generously provided, for old time’s sake, if nothing else. 🙂

  • I’m out of debt except for death and taxes… I have enough life insurance to be burried and pay taxes for someone.
    I’m old enough to remember the McCarthy era.. ie: a communist under every leaf and rock. Now it’s too close to the truth.
    Thankfully I have a saviour who warned us about these days. He gives us the means of planning ahead, walking by faith, and “promised never to leave us nor forsake us”.
    I’m not great at being “grayman”. I’ve lived large, boId, and wear bright colors. As a teen I rode Harleys. For the last 48 years I’ve pastored or co-pastored mostly Indian Mission churches. At 74 I’m building my hens a new coop and planning to put together a solar array since we’ve been without home power for the last 14 months and I don’t have help these days. I still have a “lead foot” and quiet or sedate doesn’t seem like a good fit. But I’ll try.

  • Interesting, the Davos website says, “The time to rebuild trust …” but how does one rebuild trust by constantly lying? The MSM, aka their captive press, lies so boldly that I don’t waste my time watching it anymore.

    Why else are they trying to shut down the alternative press if they want people to know the truth. Truths like that the Covid-19 “vaccines” are killing people, already hundreds in the U.S. alone? Those are just the cases that have been reported, others are listed as Covie-19 outbreaks that just happened to come after the “vaccines” were administered.

    They don’t want it widely know that there are inexpensive and effective treatments for corona viruses, all corona viruses not just Covid-19, that have been known for some time. Therefore why have the “vaccines”?

    They don’t want it to be known that mRNA “vaccines” can and will kill, sometimes even months later.

    They don’t want it to be known that the Jan 6 “invasion” of the capitol had been led by Antifa, who had received police escort so that they could be at the head of the line. Nor do they want you to know that the police opened the barriers and waved for the demonstrators to enter the capitol, timed to interrupt testimony about the stolen election.

    If they want to rebuild trust, how about telling the truth for a change?

  • Fantastic article, I can relate , I went through something similar. It took a while to get my head straight but made the best of it. We are out of debt and moving back to a rural area . My Children have absolutely thrived . We don’t have the big holidays or all the extra curricular activities. But we make choices within our budget. Coming from a rural area into town , it’s seems like being a consumer is pushed down our throats, living bush it never enters your head. It’s not about having less & being happy about it. It’s your priorities change . You become more resilient to change and better equipped to face challenges that would once seem insurmountable. Honestly it takes guts, you can be scared to do things, but do them anyway because the long term gain is worth feeling uncomfortable and the hard work. Look forward to more of your articles.

  • How to adapt to the lies and the fear culture?

    I grew up in a chaotic family, where the rules changed not only day to day, but sometimes hour to hour.

    Once you learn to identify and speak truth – even if only to yourself – you win.

    If it were not for the constant Presence of my heavenly Father, speaking truth to me, and the great gift of life through Messiah Yeshua, I would not have made it through my childhood, let alone adulthood.

    Seek God.

    Speak His truth.


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