Monday, September 14, 2009

Search and Rescue

In a book that I am reading about self worth, I was impressed with how the author describes trying to find the real you, the person of great value and worth. In one of her chapters she compares it to the type of work that people who are on a Search and Rescue Team. Here is what she writes..."They have been out many times to help find someone who is lost; often in the mountains. And they have learned through experience that they are more likely to succeed if they follow a certain  protocol. Here are some of their search and rescue guidelines:

~ First, be prepared. Take necessary supplies, such as radio contact, a GPS device, beacons, and know night signs.

~ Watch our for your own well-being. Then, watch out for and always stay with  your team members.

~And, finally, do all you can to find and help the victim--the object of the mission.

This order of priorities is often difficult for the family of the victim to understand; but, as it was explained to me, the team takes great care to assure there will not be more victims as a result of the search.

Follow this basic strategy on most calls: Determine the nature of the problem by gathering available information then decide on the plan of action and possible alternative. Carry out the plan. Continue to reevaluate.

These rescue guidelines were prepared for a physical search and rescue."

She goes on to compare this search and rescue to a spiritual rescue of ourselves and truly understand our divine worth. She says that the one real difference in our search is that we are often both the victim and the rescuer. And the better we get at the rescuing, the less of a need we will have to be rescued. 


Finding our real selves can be pretty hard, especially when the world is so loud on reminding us of who they think we should be. We are part of a team, with family, friends and your Heavenly Father, we need to remember we are never alone. But much of our rescue depends on us and how bad we want to find our true self and our true worth. How much we are willing to change. I know it is worth the effort and the more you do it, like she said...the less often you will need rescuing.

So hopefully we will follow this basic strategy and determine what struggles or problems we are having with ourselves and our lives. Then make a plan of action and carry out the plan. We must also remember not to forget to reevaluate our situation and progress from time to time...because life is a Journey.

Thanks for helping me in my search and rescue efforts of myself. Thanks for being part of my team.

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you'll discover will be wonderful.  What you'll discover is yourself."  ~Alan Alda

"Never mind searching for who you are.  Search for the person you aspire to be."  ~Robert Brault,

"He who knows others is learned;
He who knows himself is wise."  ~ Lao-tzu Tao te Ching

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