This is our 167th episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, and for this one, I ask the question: “What is Resilience?”

As we watch the country’s systems (financial systems, banking, supply chains, health care system, education and entire industries) grind to a halt with this global pandemic, it begs the question: how fragile is our system?

The answer seems to be: VERY!

Although I don’t act like it at times, I am an engineer.  I look at problems and issues and look for solutions.  Our country’s systems are impossibly complicated. It is almost too big for one person or a small group of people to impact one way or another.

While we cannot take on and change these massive systems, we can take on and change how we live our lives.

For those of you who have been following Small Scale Life for a few years have seen this platform change and shift.  We have gone down some rabbit holes, and at times it might have seemed that we were flailing and blowing in the wind.  I have to admit, I have felt the same way!

Two recent events have changed the way I look at Small Scale Life:

  1. A visit by my friend Greg Burns and Contrary Farmstead Podcast about this platform and our story
  2. The global pandemic and complete train wreck of our systems

I have been doing a lot of thinking and brainstorming.  The result is this podcast episode. I was driving home and recorded this as I was driving in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.  It was raining, and you will come along with me on this platform-defining journey where I answer the question:

“What is Resilience?”

The next question then becomes:

“How do we make ourselves Resilient?”

This is now the mission of Small Scale Life:

To provide methods and ways to become Resilient through Simple Living.

We will be come Resilient through Gardening, Financial Freedom, Wellness and Community Building

We must be mentally, physically, and financially fit as we move forward in this brave new globalized world.  We need to be able to take a punch to the face or the gut, get back up and keep moving forward towards our vision, goals, and objectives.

We will always live, do, grow and be a little better everyday!


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I have been doing a lot of thinking and brainstorming about this topic.  To help with this brainstorming, I refer you to the following links discussed in this podcast episode:

Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity : Straight Up – The Importance on Living a Resilient Life


Watch this Episode on Small Scale Life’s YouTube Channel

You can watch me drive through the rain through St. Croix County, Wisconsin. You will see the fire and the Apple River, which is an area that is calling to us. Of course, we would appreciate a thumbs up and share it with some family and friends.



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