The 4 P’s Every Homesteader Needs

| 8/11/2020 12:02:00 PM

the four qualities 

The four qualities, what we also refer to as the four P's, with simple summaries outlined here.

When reading the title of this article, what comes to mind? Do you begin to list specific, tangible items and skills that you believe should be included? Too often, we focus more on the tools of the hand instead of the tools of the mind. We cannot ignore the health of the mind when it comes to our ability to be self-sufficient, as you can have a whole shed full of equipment that is rendered useless if you find yourself in a dark time with no motivation. In an easy to remember format, I have listed four qualities beginning with the letter P that I believe are invaluable to the mind.

Now, I am one to talk, and I will openly admit that I struggle with my mindset. But I hope that some of the lessons learned along the way will benefit others and serve as inspiration to you so that you know you are not alone in your path. I will use examples from our experiences of the past few years as we have had to rebuild our home, losing the first cabin in an accidental fire. This was one of the most personally challenging moments I have faced and tested my mental state and tested the qualities I have listed. During this time, my husband inspired me by displaying these qualities and being an extremely important example for me.

The evening of New Year’s Day 2018 was not supposed to be filled with flames that lit up the dark of the woods. It was not supposed to be calling the volunteer firefighters from their homes and families (though, we are extremely grateful to them). You do not think of a “fresh start” and “goal-setting” involving literally building from the ground up. An accidental house fire made these things a reality for us when the cabin my husband worked tirelessly to build for us was completely lost. This was an important moment that shaped the 4 P’s for me.


This is the most important of the qualities to me. Without a positive train of thought, trials become harder to get through, and sometimes it is hard to find the motivation to carry through with a task when things do not go right. I emotionally remember the firefighter bringing us the American flag carefully in his hands- the only thing saved besides an older cast iron stove from the porch. Though I could count the things lost, a positive attitude helped me understand how blessed we truly were. Yes, we lost our home, but we were lucky no life was lost. Though we lost heirlooms and treasures made for one another, we did not lose out memories or our ability to love and start anew. I know it is easier said than done, but without training yourself to see the brighter side of hard times, it is easier to break down.

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