What would you do if you were caught between a rock and a hard place?
Imagine being pinned in place by a heavy, immovable boulder on one side (or any real life circumstance which seems to be fixed and immovable) and a hard rock slab on the other (again, another real life circumstance, massive and without boundaries). Trapped and unable to move with every attempt imaginable you soon realize, "I'm stuck!" "I'm actually caught between two insurmountable circumstances with no recognizable escape."
And just when it seems like you need help the most, there’s no one in sight. Even after numerous, exhaustive, breathtaking pleas for help, still no one in earshot to hear you or to rescue you. Exhausted, out of breath, and numb by the whole situation, you realize that the only leverage you have are the thoughts that run through your head and the things you say to yourself to keep you from absolutely losing it.
Days go by and still no rescue. You’re running out of resources, which under normal circumstances would be plentiful, and now you’re slowly running out of patience, strength, will and those silent words that kept you going the first few hours.
What lengths would you go through to survive? What would you say to yourself after 24 hours? 48 hous? 72 hours?
If losing something forever were required to save your life, what would you be willing to give up for the rest of your life to have your life?
The movie “127 Hours” is an incredibly, believable re-enactment of 26-year old Aron Ralston’s Between A Rock and A Hard Place, in which he gives an account of his entrapment in a deep crevice in the Canyonlands National Park of Utah. Knowing that his chances of being rescued were slim, Ralston began to record his ordeal on a video camera that he had in his backpack along with a flashlight and a dull camping knife given to him by his mother. After five days of being trapped, Aron decides to use the dull camping knife to amputate his right arm. Successfully cutting off his own arm, Aron frees himself from the circumstances that trapped him, and saves his own life.
What circumstances in your life are better severed than losing your life for?
“127 Hours” - a movie worth seeing, in more ways than one.