Everybody has something that they are particularly good at.  Most people also have something that they kind of suck at.  Knowing these strengths and weaknesses is pretty important in my opinion.

If you know what you are good at, you can organize things in your life to emphasize those strengths.  The opposite is also true of your weaknesses.  If you take the time to figure out what they are, you can make sure that you don’t have to depend on those parts of you.  In my case, I’m strong in first aid and I am not the best when organizing a group of people. That’s where my wife excels, fortunately.

My interest in first aid initially led me to get certified by the American Red Cross for first aid and CPR.  I also took the time to become a first aid and CPR trainer for both the “regular” level and the “professional responder” level, so I could teach a higher level of CPR.  I even got licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician, mostly because I wanted to have the knowledge.  I didn’t much plan on working as an EMT, since I have a well-paying career already.

I play to my strength in first aid.  I often act as a “go-to” guy for groups that I hang out with, and I would volunteer at first aid stations when we were doing reenactment.  In more than one occasion, I have been extremely happy to have taken the EMT training because of something that happened at home, like my daughters falling down the stairs at different times.  I can handle myself pretty well when someone is injured, and my family often looks to me when there is a basic medical question.

Kristen is the bee’s knees when it comes to wrangling the six of us in the house.  She’s also shown her ability to lead a group of 10 or more directly, and was the head of one of our reenactment groups for more than a year.  She has been in charge of fund-raising at one time or another, and made a pretty penny at it for the group.  When she’s taking the lead, I often step back, because she’s much better at it than I am.  She takes charge, and I handle some support functions.  We really work well like this.

The two of us, together, have made a name for ourselves among friends as a pair who can really run a kitchen for a large group, too.  In our reenactment group, we would often work together to feed our extended family and friends, sometimes numbering as many as 20 at a time.  In the youth group that our daughers were in, we would throw fund-raising dinners and invite the local “parent” fraternal organizations.  Between the two of us, I know that we fed as many as 40 people over the course of a couple of hours, and we also turned a nice profit at the same time.

As you can see, we know where our strengths tend to lie, and we cooperate to allow the more able one to take charge in an appropriate situation.  The same thing should happen in your own family and with your emergency preparedness.  Figure out where you are strong and use that to your advantage.  Once you figure out where you are a little weak, you can either find someone to work with who is good in that skill, or you can work on getting better at it yourself.

Either way, you are ahead of the game, and can plan accordingly.

Stay safe!