The motto of the Boy Scouts is Be Prepared. Be prepared means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.
It is said that someone once asked Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, “be prepared for what?” To which he answered, “why, for any old thing.” Powell further said, “the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. ‘Be Prepared’ in this way, to live happy and to die happy.”
A couple of things have got me thinking about the importance of being prepared. One is the recent economic turmoil in the country and world, volitility in gas prices, wheat shortages, unemployment rising, etc. My family has been trying to do better with our finances, pay off our debts, and build up our food storage, all in an effort to be prepared for whatever my come our way.
But the real thing that got me thinking on this topic was watching Hoodwinked with the kids this weekend. It’s a hilarious movie, and there is a great song in it with a bewitched mountain goat singing about being prepared. If you haven’t seen it, here it is: