© 1999 Michael S. Hyatt

It’s easy to get side-tracked. There’s the bustle of getting kids to
and from school. The weather is changing. The days are getting shorter,
and so is the time. While our attention is everywhere diverted, Y2K is
approaching like a freight train. We are now T-minus 52 days and
counting. Time is flying and the new century will be here before you
know it.

I would urge you to stay focused on your Y2K preparation priorities.
Sure, it would be nice to go on a trip, trade in your ten-year-old van
on a new model, or buy some new gadget or toy. In my family, we have
adopted the following rubric: If we can’t eat, drink, heat, or shoot
with it, we don’t need it.

At a practical level this means that we are going to forgo many good
things for the sake of being well-prepared for Y2K. It means:

  • We are going to take our family vacation at a friend’s lake
    house, rather than go to the mountains, the ocean, or Disney World. This
    is within driving distance and the only expense we will have is our gas
    and food for the week.

  • My wife is going to keep driving the 1991 Grand Voyager Van, even
    though it has 135,000 miles on it, needs frequent repairs, and is an
    embarrassment to the children.

  • I’m going to keep playing golf with my inexpensive Ping
    knock-offs rather than buy the new set of Calloways I’ve been coveting
    for more than a year.

Instead, we are buying additional supplies, weeding our garden,
and getting the training we need to survive in an emergency situation.
In short, we are staying focused on the things that we think will matter
after the first of the year. We are engaging in a little, old-fashioned
self-denial and delayed gratification.

Regardless of how Y2K turns out, these are disciplines we want to
build into our lives and the lives of our children. And, ultimately,
these are important qualities for getting through any crisis.

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