Wait and Anticipate

Chinese military general Sun Tzu said that you should, “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections.  It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment that which they cannot anticipate.”  Lay low, stay where you are or delay any action until a particular time or until something else happens that you regard as probable, expected or predictable.  Sun Tzu also said, “He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.”  The general also said, “By altering his arrangements and changing his plans, he (the successful general) keeps the enemy without definite knowledge.  By shifting his camp and taking circuitous routes, he prevents the enemy from anticipating his purpose.  When, in consequence of heavy rains up-country, a river which you wish to ford is swollen and flecked with foam, you must wait until it subsides.”

There is a lot to learn from the author of ‘The Art of War’, and I will be following his wait and anticipate advice for dealing with the impending storm Irma that is on its way.  I will wait for it to arrive and anticipate the damage that it might do.  This catastrophic storm is heading toward South Florida and its effects could be devastating.  I am expecting high winds, heavy rainfall, flooding and maybe even some tornadoes.  I have anticipated being stranded without electricity, but I will not be stuck here without supplies.  I got my candles and matches ready and several flashlights.  I bought some bananas today as they will make a nice snack and they do not need to be refrigerated.  I picked up my prescriptions today and I also put gas in my car, but I am not planning on driving anyplace.

I know where the emergency shelter is, but as long as I have a roof over my head, I will be staying put.  The peak time for hurricane season occurs between mid-August and late October, so this is about mid season, however it is shaping up to be unusually active.  If I lose water, I can always fill up a bucket from the pool that will allow me to flush my toilets.  Six hours before the storm is expected to hit me, I will turn my refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting possible and open only it up when absolutely necessary, this way if I lose power, my food will last longer.  My cell phone will be fully charged up and I will probably only turn it on when I need to use it to save battery life.  I will hunker down and try to ride it out.

The Doors song ‘Riders On The Storm’ was the last song Jim Morrison recorded.  He went to France and died a few weeks later.  The single was released in June, 1971, shortly before Morrison’s death.

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm
There’s a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin’ like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah
Girl, you gotta love your man
Girl, you gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends
Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan.
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm

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