Wow, if ever I needed a not-too-subtle reminder that things don’t always go according to plan, this past week proved it.  It’s been an eventful few days, to say the least.  First, an earthquake rumbled through the East Coast, which came as quite a surprise for most of us who had never experienced an earthquake in New Jersey (I had experienced one when I was in college in Ohio, but none since).  Then, a few days later, we hurriedly prepared for Hurricane Irene, which was to hit New Jersey Saturday evening into Sunday morning.  We made sure we had flashlights and batteries, froze several bags of water in case we lost power and needed to keep food cold, and had plenty of bottled water.  (I have a confession to make – it was actually my wife that took those last minute steps to help prepare us while I was at work).  Saturday morning, we made sure that any “loose” toys in the backyard were put in the garage (a wagon, a tricycle, etc.), and my 15 year old son and I took the netting off of the trampoline and we flipped it over to make sure no wind could get underneath it and deposit it in some other neighborhood.  We seemed to be ready for the storm.

Later that Saturday, as the torrential rains poured down, we were informed that there was a tornado warning in effect for our area.  In fact, a tornado had touched down just a few miles away from our house.  So, much to the delight of the younger children, we moved several mattresses into our basement so we could all spend the night in a safer location of the house.  When we awoke Sunday morning, you couldn’t even tell that there was much of a storm, with the exception of some standing water in the yard.  Later in the day, however, all that changed.

Our house is down the road from a lake.  Our road runs along that lake and over a small river.  Two dams are located underneath the road where it crosses the lake/river, and those dams were failing.  The hurricane had dropped so much rain on our area that all of the lakes, streams, ponds and rivers were overflowing and flooding the area.  Our house, along with all of the other houses near the lake, was surrounded by water.  Our driveway had become a free flowing river, and our backyard was submerged as the flood waters rushed through the yards on the way to another stream located near the back of our property.

Obviously, the road was closed and the State Police, the County Office of Emergency Management, the local police department and even the National Guard converged on our road.  They worked feverishly to try and secure the road and minimize the damage caused by the rushing flood waters.  A portion of the road collapsed, basements and yards filled with water, and we were all advised to move our cars down the road to a safe location should we need to evacuate.  Not long after, the State Police informed residents of 8 of the 9 houses that they indeed needed to evacuate; a couple of lakes north of us were also flooding and could really cause problems for us and our lake.  The owners of one house did not need to evacuate because they were higher than the others.  That was our house, so we were thankful that we did not have to leave.   So, despite the flood waters surrounding two sides of our house, the water only reached halfway into our garage and never made it to the basement.

We are so thankful that we escaped the storms without any damage to person or property, while others were not so fortunate.  We thought we had adequately prepared for the hurricane, but the floods caught us by surprise.

Life is often like that, catching us by surprise.  We prepare as best as we can, or so we think, for anything that might be thrown at us.  Unfortunately, we don’t always do enough, mainly because we don’t know what we should do.  These days, so many people have been caught off guard from an economic standpoint that they are still suffering.  That “good” job that they had, that was supposed to take care of them and provide for them financially, no longer exists.  And, having been told only one way to prepare for life, they spend many fruitless days, weeks and even months trying to find another “good” job that can just as easily be eliminated should the financial strength of the company be compromised.  Relying on someone else to provide your financial security is a recipe for disaster.  Everyone needs a Plan B, because it often will become Plan A out of necessity.  Network marketing is, in my opinion, the easiest and most effective way to develop a Plan B that has the potential to become your Plan A, either out of necessity or by choice.

Numis Network is our choice for our Plan B, and we are working on making it our Plan A in the very near future.  Do you have a Plan B, or are you content to rely on someone else to take care of you and your family?  The flood waters are coming.

– Mark

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