Sunday Firesides: Fill Up Your Canteen

The world has been a hostile place for the past few years, and it can be difficult to know what will happen next. With all around uncertainty in society there is one thing that you can always rely on: food. When disaster strikes make sure your canteen is full of sustenance by tuning into our Sunday Fireside for Food Prep talk with Chef Sarah Gray!

Fill up your canteen before the sun sets. It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re out in the wilderness and need to survive a few days without food, water, or shelter.

man filling canteen in a river illustration.

Desert nomads used to keep precise maps of where oasis may be found throughout the scorching regions they crossed. Missing out on these moist, fruitful locations, and the opportunity to fill their goatskin bags with water, meant thirst and nearly likely death before reaching their next destination.

We are still sojourners in a harshly dry planet today. It pays to build “maps” of way stations where we may replace our “canteens” — to plan vacations, picnics, and reunions that will renew our spirits and offer us the nutrition we need to keep traveling ahead, just as it did for the nomads of old.

We tend to take oasis for granted because they seem to be more common and controlled in our lives than they are in the desert. The geography of our life, on the other hand, is even more unexpected. We get close to an oasis depicted on our maps, only to discover it has dried up. We pressed our eager lips to a glistening fountain, only to be greeted with a mouthful of sand – the bitter taste of mirage.

We should therefore replenish our psychological canteens at every watering hole we come across, whether planned or unplanned, large or tiny, even if we assume we’ll be back soon or that another is just around the corner.

Drink it in anytime things slow down for a bit before clicking again; whenever a chat with family and friends leaves you drenched in an enticing glow; whenever you are inspired by an unexpected moment of beauty.

A reunion with these folks in this location might be closer than you think. You won’t be able to pass this path again.

So quench your thirst now, and make a store of the experience – a canteen of enduring memories to drink on for the long journey ahead.