People around the world held their breath as they watched the story of the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in an underground cave in Thailand. We saw our own kids in those faces.
What happened next could be a microcosm of what we should wish for the world to be.
Divers, medics and specialists from many countries travelled to the caves to help. The boys themselves stuck together, led by their calm leader and coach who had lost his own parents and brother to a disease that he survived when he was ten years old. Ten years of studying as a monk gave him the tools of meditation and focus that would give the group hope as they waited weeks for rescue.
Minds came together to find a solution to save the boys. Sadly one rescuer, ex-Navy Seal Samarn Kunan, perished while delivering more oxygen to the boys. But many say it is a miracle that he was the only one who didn’t make it. The monsoon rains were moving in, the lack of light and food, the fact that none of the boys could swim.
It seemed like an impossible situation. But people opened their hearts and minds and together saved all the boys and their coach.
May we all have such grace under pressure. Support those around us during a crisis. Raise our hands to help when we can. Remember the power of mindset.
As abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Never give up.