This is my take on this catchy little phrase: I believe the motto originated in the military and is all about redundancy, which translates into backup, excess and reinforcements. In the military sense, it's my understanding that it refers to the mindset that you expect your weapon to fail, so you always have a backup. It's an extra layer of protection, so to speak. If you only have one of something, and it ceases to exist, then you have nothing.
So, I got to thinking how, as women, can we apply that attitude to preparedness? What are some things we can do to make sure failure is not an option? Here are some scenarios I came up with that will help you apply it to your own situation.
In a SHTF course of events, it gets a little more serious. Imagine a situation that involves your ability to light a fire, both for warmth and to cook food. The first line of defense is obviously having matches on hand. But what if those matches become wet for some reason....like a hurricane or torrential weather incident? You can have a backup system in your purse or BOB, consisting of something as simple as an extra container of lip gloss or carmex, along with a bottle of aspirin that is sealed with cotton, and a small, compact fire-starter (and keeping them in a small waterproof pouch). As I showed you yesterday, these common items serve more than one purpose---you can protect yourself against dry, cracked lips and a headache---but you're also equipped with materials to start a fire! A little extreme, I know, but you get the idea, right? If one avenue disappears, you've got another to achieve your mission.
Bottom line, we need to start thinking differently. We have become a "7-Eleven Society"--- we have become accustomed to 24-7 availability of anything we need, and assume that what we need will always be obtainable. You need to plan on failure, and be able to turn to a secondary source to accomplish your aim. Being prepared means being equipped. So start thinking-- how many other ways can you reduce your chances of a negative outcome? Think redundancy on everything!
One more thing: I would like to thank Jim Rawles, of survivalblog.com, for graciously mentioning this site on his blog. I will do my best to deserve his confidence in me, and to offer you relevant and useful information.
Joshua 23:14 "....You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed."