Today was a really fun day. I spent the day taking work-related courses in self-defense and scene safety. I learned how to protect myself against violent patients, and had a lot of fun in the process. It's always lots of fun to get eight or ten paramedics together in the same room, especially since we all share a rather warped sense of humour. Kinda goes with the job, I think.
It's amazing how easy it is to escape from someone who has a good hold on you, just by proper body positioning and a few release techniques that don't hurt the person who is trying to hurt you. All the same, I hope I never have to use it, but if my stalker guy comes back, at least I'll know what to do.
It was a long drive today, and since I was traveling alone, I played the Father Corapi CD's that I picked up in Seattle at his Lenten retreat last month. One story from the CD that I really enjoyed was the one of the desert fathers, who was asked by a young monk about the devil. The monk inquired if people in later times would be able to persevere in the fasting and all night prayer vigils that the desert monks subjected themselves to. The desert father said, "No. People in later times will be weak and they will barely be able to fast a day without feeling faint. They will not be able to stay awake and pray all night, for they will be too weak."
When the young monk asked why they would be so weak, the desert father replied,"It is easy for us to do these things. We are fighting Satan chained. In later times, people will fight him unchained."