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Living Smart and the Chilean Miners ….Cachai!

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Patricia Gras

This coming Tuesday night a 7pm October 26th I am moderating a town forum on Energy, the environment and the economy: Making it work. I would like for you to participate by calling or writing to us about what you think.  This has been a challenging topic precicely because as a society we will only thrive when we respect balance (Ying and Yang) How do we go about being the energy capital of the world and protecting the environment? Good philosophical question. In the mean time you can read about the Chilean Miners and Living Smart. What can we learn from them? A lot!!!

I am glad to say the Chilean Miners are now above ground with their loved ones.  I was so moved by this ordeal which took around 22 hours to complete, that I felt the need to share with viewers how much I learned from these men, their families and their government. I don’t know if my tears of joy had anything to do with the fact that I was raised in Mendoza which is only an hour away from Santiago in Chile and that I have always felt a certain affection for the Chilean people. The rescue had me glued to the TV and every time a new miner would come out, I felt a sense of relief, joy and panic for the ones who were still underground.

I know many around the planet were watching this rescue and I was glad because finally amidst a horrible political season, an unstable economy, surrounded by so many people who are living in fear and spewing hatred here in the United States,  I was watching something positive, uplifting, joyful, and real.  Perhaps I am tired, like so many Americans about the bad news that we hear almost every day. Republicans and Democrats at each other’s throat over the upcoming elections, drug criminals beheading those they oppose in Mexico, a peace process between Israel and Palestianians that has become a hypocritical play…need I go on!  Here was this event thousands of miles away, that gave us all hope. We were watching  people who lived underground for two months with very little chance of survival, make it out alive and in the process inpire the world. They had actually helped each other, kept each other alive through sheer faith, determination and hope.

Let’s look at what went right for a change. Their families, as soon as they found out they were alive, stayed in makeshift camps with no clean water or electricity. When they were told to leave, they refused. They knew that if they stayed, their loved ones underground would get the media attention they needed  for the government to get them out.  They kept the faith, prayed every day, and believed their loved ones would make it.

The rescue workers who were mostly miners felt a comraderie that motivated them to work tirelessly for their co workers for weeks. They also supported the families and became part of the force that demanded and wanted a resolution from those responsible.

Then there was the government. I don’t doubt that it recognized a great photo opportunity, but let’s face it they did one thing that I have not seen many governments do in the scale they did. That was to ask the whole world for help (what a concept)  and actually listened,  accepted the suggestions and and implented them.! I wish we had done some of that with the BP oil spill.

These men survived what no human has ever had to endure. What happened in that hole was many say, a miracle. Imagine yourself in a tiny room with 33 other stinky men with no where to go, nothing to see but darkness and little or no food for days! But what did they do? They shared, they supported each other, they prayed, they motivated one another. Now let’s see what would happen if we put 16 Democrats, and 16 Republicans and one independent …You get my drift?

These men were in a dark hole, yet they saw the light. They had little, yet they didn’t fight over what they had. They had little chance of survival but kept their faith and hope. Do you know what I learned? We all have that capacity within us. We can choose love over fear,  faith over despair, light over darkness, generosity over greed,  hope over reality (Living Smart.)  Reality was telling them,  you are in a dark hole, hundreds of feet underground, but guess what if you just hold onto that little hope, just focus on the great things you still have, (God, family, children,country) maybe you’ll make it. These men deserved to make it and for a night I think those who watched this became Chilean miners. WE all had it within us. Someone just had to show us how to find it. Thank you miners, thank you Chile and thank God they made it.

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