Imagine being buried alive under tons of rock, half a mile below the surface of the earth. That's the situation that the Chilean miners found themselves in. But 70 days later, the Miracle in the Mine happened: all 33 were rescued, in a flawless operation, shown on live TV, broadcast to billions around the world!
Their story proves the power of HOPE:
- Help each other - These rough and ready men realized that they had to support one another if there was any hope of survival.
- Optimistic Outlook - Though, for the first couple weeks, the outside world thought the men were lost, the miners stayed positive. Miner Mario Sepulveda said: "I have been with God and I've been with the devil. I fought between the two. I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there." Whether faith in God, or the thought of seeing a spouse or child again, they found a lifeline, a way to hold on and maintain a hopeful outlook despite their predicament.
- Play a part on the team - They organized themselves into a team, establishing roles and routines that gave them a way to go on living even in the bleakest of situations.
- Energize each other - They took care of one another as best they could, body, mind, and spirit, so that when the rescuers came, they would have the energy to make the passage to the surface and be reunited with their loved ones again.
Watching the rescues, man by man, hour by hour, yesterday, was a moving experience. As one pundit said, it was "the mother of all reality TV shows." And it showed how horribly shallow most TV programming really is. Yet when news teams cover a story like this, you can almost feel the entire world pulling together, sending prayers and positive vibes to the site in Chile.
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible." ~ Christopher Reeve
Posted by Terrence Seamon on October 14, 2010. For more ideas on dealing with adversity, change, and teamwork, invite Terry to speak to your organization.