Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The miners

Like many of you, I have been checking in hourly on the amazing progress of the rescue of those heroic Chilean miners. Listening to the CNN talking head earlier, I was reminded that those men were down there for an entire two weeks before they even knew if they'd ever be discovered, let alone, saved. Can you imagine????

It has been fascinating to hear the personal stories of each man. I was particularly touched by the story of the man who, from the beginning, had the presence of mind to keep a journal. The fact that they were able to set up their own little society and run it so efficiently is impressive, considering many of us can't seem to manage to get it together so well some days. These men could be role models for all of us, especially the politicians that have such nasty political ads running during this pre-election time. These men are the epitome of grace under pressure.

I hope Time Magazine considers using them as their "Men of the Year" this year...they deserve that title, and so much more. My heart goes out to all of them, and their loved ones...and how wonderful it has been to turn the television on and hear some good news for a change!

(Photo courtesy of L.A., please please please don't come and get me for using your wonderful picture...I couldn't help myself!)


Kim said...

I have been glued to the news coverage also. I have goosebumps every time they reunite another miner at the top of the shaft.
And like you, I think the most amazing part is that these men coped and functioned with so much respect and dignity for each other. There were no reports I heard of where there was any trouble. It is wonderful to watch such a story of courage and dignity.

Taos Sunflower said...

Yes, Kim...respect and dignity. Sometimes I think those are qualities that are getting harder to find!

Ter'e said...

If these were American men --- I doubt there would have been so much comraderie and respect for one another. I was so very, very impressed while glued to CNN. Each time a miner came up to the surface, I cried all over again. Watching this made me so proud to be alive - to be witnessing this miracle as it unfolded in front of us. What a beautiful thing. THREE CHEERS FOR CHILE!!!!!! This really touched my heart.

We literally watched a miracle right before our eyes. God Bless Them!

ShabbySheep said...

Nice to hear from you! and Ter'e is right, we were watching a miracle!!!
I couldn't even have ridden in the capsule that brought them to the surface!
xo, Sheri

Liz said...

Very well said and I completely agree.