The ABCs of Homesteading: Q is for Quiet Reflection


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The Importance of Quiet Reflection

At first blush, “Quiet Reflection” may not seem like a necessary homesteading skill. Yet, I think it is probably one of the most important skills to hone if you want to become more self-sufficient.

Before I started growing my own food, raising my own livestock, building structures, and more, I was a city dweller. I worked at a law firm, wore business suits, and bought everything it took to sustain my life. So many of us come to homesteading by opting out of, or away from, other forms of living.

We choose self-sufficiency because we are tired of being dependent on systems we don't trust. We do this work because we care about our carbon footprint, about civic responsibility to our fellow humans and nature, and we don't want to be cogs in industries that don't have our best interests at heart.

We become homesteaders to live a good and meaningful life. Sometimes though, after a few years of rushing to become fully-fledged homesteaders, we lose sight of our initial intent and slip back into old habits.

Self-Sufficient or Different-Dependent?

The homesteading experience is a lot like falling head over heels in love. At first you can't get enough of it. You learn so much, so fast. You build confidence and want to take on more. There's constant novelty to keep you interested.

After a while, though, that excitement-fueled energy begins to dissipate. The shiny of that new relationship with life wears off. And you have choices to make.

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