What is truly essential?

Reblogger Bob Crane
Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

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Kat has some good points and thoughts here, thanks for sharing Kat.

Original content by Kat Palmiotti RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Patricia Feager wrote a post this morning that got me to thinking about what is truly essential to life, or at least to life in today's world. Her post was related to gun retailers, but my mind began buzzing around the question "What is truly essential?" So here are a few random thoughts....




Ahh, food. Glorious food. For me, essentials include fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, bread, coffee, tea, etc etc. I love to cook, and in "normal" times go to the store every day or two since I don't plan way ahead. Since this current pandemic started though, I've been planning my meals for the week and going to the store once a week to purchase everything I need. And while I've had to change out some ingredients due to lack of availability, I have plenty of unique and interesting things to make. BUT.. is any of that truly essential? I would be very disappointed if I couldn't buy what I buy, make what I make, and eat what I eat but...


There are other people who eat every meal out of the house. I know a few of them. And there are those who might not eat out every meal, but they eat out a lot. And when they eat home, they just make a few simple things. Or they use frozen dinners and cook those. That's the way those people handle their culinary experiences. And normally that's fine, and many of them can still do the same thing. Right now restaurants are providing take-out food, and many are delivering. So for those people, essential could mean having the ability to get food they don't have to cook, but....


Many years ago, most people knew how to provide their own food. They had vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and knew how to hunt, cut and cook their meat. They fished. And they had chickens, goats or other livestock. They went to the local store for the few things they might not have been able to personally provide - like flour or rice. Or they traded with neighbors. But in general, they used what they made or had. They were very self-sufficient. Today there are very few people that can do the same thing. Most of our country lives with tiny parcels of land, or in an apartment with no room to grow vegetables. And most people do not have access to land with game, and if they do there are a lot of rules about when they can or cannot hunt. So things are different today than they used to be and.....


It all comes down to - what is the essential food requirement? In reality, the need is calories, preferably healthy calories containing protein and nutrients. To survive, I don't truly NEED to make poblano/sausage burritos, portabello paninis, eggplant parmesan, homemade pizza or delicious mouth watering steaks. People who eat out normally don't NEED to eat out in order to survive. If I am really honest about what is truly essential. I could certainly survive on a much simpler diet. But I wouldn't feel as though I was fully living because, to me, part of the excitement of life is trying new and delicious cuisines. I don't want to just survive; I want to enjoy. And what about beverages?




We need water. That's all that's required to survive. We don't need beer, wine, liquor, seltzer, soda, juice, kombucha, or any of the other things we all buy and consume on a regular basis. 


We've come to believe those are all essential but they're not really. In order to stay alive, we just need water. In order to enjoy our life, we need more than that.




What about utilities? Are they essential?


Water. Many moons ago, people had hand-cranked wells, or they walked to the river to get water. Now? We all expect to be able to turn on our faucets and have water come out. Hot water, cold water. We expect to be able to wash our laundry, take hot showers, make iced tea and wash the dishes easily. 


Electric. "Ahh, the joy of reading a book after dark from a small candle or lantern" said no one ever. Is electric truly essential? Couldn't we make due with candles, hand washing clothes, battery operated radios? Wouldn't it be possible to forgo air conditioning, electric heat, stoves, hair dryers, washing machines and dryers? Sure, maybe for a few days. But electricity has become an essential part of our lives. Without it, we'd be lost. Same with...


Internet. Many years ago, Internet was rated as more desirable than TV. Many were surprised by that, but think about it. If you have Internet, you can stay in touch, research, do your job, listen to the radio, watch live TV, see a movie, control your lighting, and more. Is Internet truly a "must" in order to live? We would all continue to take breaths if the Internet was gone. But it's such a part of life, it's now become essential.




My rambling mind hit many other topics, things that might be deemed essential by a government entity, but that are not really "essential" in keeping us alive. The fact is that we are no longer self-sufficient. We cannot distill our own liquor, grow and kill our own food, fix our fences, churn our butter, repair our cars, take care of our own medical issues or sew our clothes. We need grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations, medical facilities, restaurant food, utilities and home improvement stores to be open and available. Those things are not essential in giving us breath, but have become required to give our lives breadth.


Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®


Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904


eXp Realty - New York


email: kat@thehousekat.com



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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Three weeks ago, I was surprised when our governor told state employees that if they weren't essential to the day to day operation of the state government, they should stay home with pay. The next day, our capital (Olympia); was a ghost town. HMMM .

Have a safe Saturday Bob Crane 

Mar 27, 2020 11:40 PM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

My wife and her cooking skills are in bloom. We've eaten more home cooked meals lately.  Traffic is almost nonexistent.  

Mar 28, 2020 02:17 AM #2
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We are now on Lock Down , so we are doing a lot more planning of our Food supply. We are also supporting local restaurants who are on Take Out stat

Mar 28, 2020 03:56 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. The view from the sky is the same as always but I am seeing things I never saw before. The human is resilient. Enjoy your day!

Mar 28, 2020 04:13 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob Crane - this post by Kat Palmiotti really causes us to think about how interdependent we are.

Mar 28, 2020 05:12 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for the reblog, Bob! I appreciate you.

Mar 28, 2020 05:18 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bob. I read this when first published and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mar 28, 2020 07:25 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob,  great reblog by Kat Palmiotti to share with everyone in the Rain.  Realtors on Colorado are essential.

Mar 28, 2020 08:49 AM #8
Anna Chroscicki
Re/Max Masterpiece Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate

Very interesting observations :)

Mar 28, 2020 12:52 PM #9
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  is a great blogger and this was a good one to re-blog under the current concerns, Endre

Mar 28, 2020 11:40 PM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, great choice for a reblog, and Kat did a great job with her post.   The essentials are exactly what she wrote! 

Mar 29, 2020 10:11 AM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Everyone has a different idea of what's essential, but I think we can all agree on food and shelter.

Mar 29, 2020 08:33 PM #12
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