Into the Darkness

2016-0730 Into the Darkness

A few year prior to my cancer diagnosis, I was the press officer for a cave/cliff/high-angle rescue squad. I was accustomed to media asking questions about the cave environment, patient status, events leading to a rescue, and number of volunteers involved in a rescue. After one rescue, a fairly new reporter asked a question that caught me off guard. The reporter asked “which tool was the most important?” I don’t recall what my answer was years ago, but I know how I would answer the question if asked today.

Almost all of the items in the bag I use for rescue help me get to the patient, but only glow sticks increase the odds the patient and I will get out of the cave alive. Most knowledgeable cavers will not enter a cave without three sources of light – a miner’s light, a backup headlight, and a glow stick in case both other light sources fail. Most members of the rescue team carry at least five sources of light, since we may be in a cave for hours or days.

I chose to share this story, not because I wanted to talk about my past, but because I wanted to talk about our future. There is a possibility you may require compensation tools for a significant time. What is the most important tool in your recovery program, and why is the tool so valuable?

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  1. Bam! Another penetrating question from the Scott man.
    Even as light penetrates darkness so a good question can penetrate ignorance.
    An ignorance of the need for the most important compensation tools can leave one trapped in all kinds of darkness.
    In my younger days I listened to songs like “You Light Up My Life”.
    Now that I am older, so much older, I come full circle from “you” to self sufficiency (because all the you’s failed) back to you because self sufficiency can be a very dark and lonely place when going through adversity.
    So my most important tool is a “you” the imperfect and sometimes obnoxious “you”. (Not you Scott).
    For those who have faith beyond reason, the you can be vastly more valuable than any mere man and seen as working through mere men. Men like Scott and those like any of you reading this post.

    1. Dan, your observation is a sign of brilliance, (light vs. darkness and good question vs. ignorance), I think the famous philosophers would be impressed. Although I had not thought of “faith beyond reason” you did a very admirable job connecting faith to words in the post. Thank you for taking the time to find meaning between the lines. ~ Scott

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