Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thirty-three sparks

C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
Last night, I was a nervous wreck watching the beginnings of the rescue team in Chile as they lowered the Phoenix capsule to perform it's first test (of course, I love the name they chose for the capsule). I had also vowed to myself that I wouldn't — that I couldn't — watch again until all thirty-three men were up safely and reunited with their loved ones. Too much suspense for me.

Can you imagine the person who means the most to you? Trapped 2300 feet under the earth? With such a precarious rescue effort?

But curiosity had me checking in on this story this morning.

In the word 'life' is 'alive' and when we are alive we are feeling, doing, active beings. Death means still, unfeeling, inactive. Even deep below the earth's surface, these men were very much alive. And our own collective hearts have been beating a little faster over the past 12 or so hours.

The captivating story of this event has stirred a spark within millions of people across the very planet that has entrapped these thirty-three miners. We all feel the compassion and anxiety for these families and the miners about to be brought back to the surface.

Last night after turning the TV off, I went online to read a brief blurb about each miner. All thirty-three of them. And one by one, these rough and weathered miners, these anonymous names, became people in my mind. A father, brother, uncle, carrier pigeon handler (this one intrigued me). They were a simple person. In a terrifying circumstance.

But soon, upon their [hopefully] successful re-entry to the surface of this amazing planet of ours, they will be able to speak for themselves, move, animate, and have to navigate their way into the inevitable spotlight thrown upon them by the intense media coverage. They'll recount their experience. Or try to put it behind them.

They will, as they've been doing for 69 days, continue to survive.

But deep under the earth in tight 90° quarters, it was their collaboration, their festive spirits, their ability to establish and follow a basic system of leadership with the goal of survival literally, figuratively and mentally that has helped to keep them alive.

A concept that should be heeded by the rest of this world that's becoming so increasingly divisive.

Can you imagine if the folks running for offices in November were all down there? Or leaders of rival nations? Or if we could toss together thirty-three folks deep under the earth? Would they be able to keep eachother alive? To keep eachother's spirits up? Think about it.
  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Glenn Beck
  3. A 23-year old cancer survivor
  4. An unemployed 60-yr old
  5. Deepak Chopra
  6. An illegal alien
  7. George Bush Jr.
  8. Dana Carvey
  9. A hardened teenager
  10. A yoga instructor
  11. Hillary Clinton
  12. Sara Palin
  13. A PETA advocate
  14. An NRA advocate
  15. A Global peace advocate
  16. A lawyer
  17. A grocery clerk
  18. A babysitter
  19. Maya Angelou
  20. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  21. A news anchor
  22. Spike Lee
  23. The Dalai Lama
  24. A member of the paparazzi
  25. Robin Williams
  26. Bill Clinton
  27. Leader of Palestine
  28. Leader of Israel
  29. A hollywood star
  30. Your dry cleaner
  31. Your neighbor
  32. Your sister
  33. Your father
What an amazing example these thirty-three miners have been, as well as the teams of people across the globe who have been working to guide and rescue them. An example of what's possible.

It's a shame that so often it takes such dire circumstance like a mine collapse or a Twin Tower collapse to bring us together, to get us to work together, and to have compassion for eachother.

As I click to 'publish this post.' Lucky #13 just surfaced.

I wonder how long the glow from these thirty-three sparks will be able to shine.

Shine on.

And welcome back.
©2010 Wendy Hudgins

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