“Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what’s happened and continue living.”

Moving on is the one of the most difficult things to do after a personal loss, financial loss or other loss. I know from experience. Anyone who lives long enough will have to endure losses that you may or may not have expected or anticipated. How you deal with them can either make or break you. This is where survival experience and knowledge can help. As I’ve said many times before, a positive attitude is one of the most important survival skills you can have. This goes for any survival circumstance, not just wilderness survival.

On the scale of the top 10 of life’s most stressful events, losing a spouse is at the top of that list and if you read that list, I have experienced 4 others on that top 10 in the past 3 years! But the show must go on…. And so does life.

As many of you know, this magazine was started by Ron and I as an extension of our desire to help educate people about all things survival and an addition to our 30 educational DVD’s. The first four issues of this magazine Ron was with us. Then he got diagnosed with prostate cancer and we put the magazine on hold while he had removal surgery. Shortly after that he passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. Leaving me with much on my plate, including what to do with this magazine. We had been running this business together for almost all of my adult life and when he left this world, he left a huge hole in my life, our business, our family and in many of our customer’s lives as well.

After a certain amount of down time, I made the decision to continue this publication. I figured I’d just start with one and then see how it went. This is now issue #15! I can’t believe it. I know Ron would be proud to see the magazine so well received. And I am proud too. It HAS been and IS my honor to continue Ron’s legacy.

I’ve had many things to deal with in my personal and business life. Many very heavy decisions I have had to make. Recently one of the decisions I have had to make is that I will no longer be writing my column “Tails from the Trails…” at least for a while. The decision was made last issue. It has become evident to me that I need to stop writing it to heal from my loss. The last issue was extremely difficult for me and it affected me in many ways – negatively. I started the “Tails from the Trails” because I felt that if I didn’t continue writing this column that people would forget Ron. I guess I will see if that’s the case, but I am betting it is not.

Maybe some of you reading this have had your own loss, whether it be personal, death in the family, loss of job, etc. It’s OK to give yourself a break. Be kind to yourself. Do what you need to do to heal.

Thank you for listening. Thank you for reading. I hope that you enjoy this issue of Survival Quarterly, Crafts for the Field Part 2.

God Bless!

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Karen Hood
Associate Editor & Art Director Joshua Swanagon
Staff Photographers Mag Behrmann
Heath Lowe
Staff Editors Dave Williams
Ted Nugent
David Wescott
Luke Swenson
Curtis Fidler
Dave Dennis
J.A. Bigley
Waysun Johnny Tsai
Canadian Field Editor David Jaye
Always with us Ron Hood

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