The overwatch position from which a scout-sniper practices his trade is called a 'hide', and that's the keyword for today's Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung (www.katemotaung.com).
The job is not glamorous, not when your hide's in a ditch that, like most ditches in this part of the world, is partially filled with stuff you'd rather not think about. But if your cover - local vegetation stuck into a hessian smock, and liberally dosed with dirt - is good, you're likely to be left alone. The locals don't like ditches either.
Hard to avoid thinking about what's there, though, because you're lying in it. But eventually you learn to switch off your nose. Yes, really, but you hope your inoculation record's complete.
And you watch, and record, and wait, because the biggest part of the job is reconnaissance.
I learned a lot in places like that. It's helping me now.
Sometimes you have to wait in places you'd rather not be, with an alert and receptive spirit.
You have to be in the discomfort of the moment, and you have to be there without resentment. Not because there's a big payoff coming, but because that I where you're placed.
Mental escape is tempting, but wrong. It's a form of disloyalty.
You wait, and in that waiting you give honour to your place, and to He who placed you there.