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I was riveted to the story about the young soccer players lost in a cave; not because I love soccer but, because I am the mother of two boys that played soccer. I just felt horrible for the parents and families. Here is where we can all learn very valuable lessons from this deeply moving human story. The parents never lost faith that their boys would be found alive, the power of positive thinking. That was lesson one. The complicated task of getting them out before more rains and the monsoons came was an incredibly difficult task as well as a dangerous. This was an International Coalition that came together to manage this tremendous task. Everyone pulled together from many different countries their mission to get those boys out safely and back to their families. Lesson two what can be accomplished when we all work together as a team for a common goal. 

I think the most important lesson actually comes from the boys themselves and their coach. To stay positive and to have the will to live for that many days in the darkness and stay calm. That is amazing and next time I face something that I think is daunting I am going to think of those boys and their strenght of mind and determination to stay alive and know they would be rescued.


I thank all the people that helped to save those boys and create what I think is a modern day miracle. Also, my thoughts and prayers are with the wife of the Thai navy seal, Major Saman Gunan who lost his life in his efforts to take oxygen to the boys  in his efforts in the rescue mission.

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Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Like you, I was riveted by the story of the boys in the cave.  And, I was so elated when they all made it out alive.  I feel sad for the Thai Seal who lost his life in the effort however.  The photos are beautiful, Yolanda.

Jul 13, 2018 02:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Yolanda, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jul 13, 2018 02:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kudos to this post and  huge thank you to the Navy SEALS who played an integral part of the rescue operation, Endre

Jul 13, 2018 04:32 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert  I agree what an amazing rescue  .Great post !

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Jul 13, 2018 05:13 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have been successfully avoiding all forms of news lately.  Will have to go read about this story.

Jul 13, 2018 05:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Yolanda-we couldn't take our eyes off of the story and are so happy that the boys and their coach were rescued. And, we are so sad for the gentleman who gave and lost his life. Stories like this where we all put aside any differences and come together lift my spirits. It reminded me a bit of what happened in Houston after Harvey. 

Jul 13, 2018 06:13 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like you we were following the story of the Thai soccer team, and of course the potential is enormous when we all come together.  A

Jul 13, 2018 07:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It was a wonderful show of how working together can produce fantastic results. I did have to wonder why so many children that age did not know how to swim. I have to think it must be a cultural thing.

Jul 13, 2018 08:18 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Yolanda, I am so glad they all made it out alive. 

Jul 13, 2018 08:27 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yolanda, it was truly a miracle all the boys were safe including their coach.  Sad to lose the Navy Seal, he was a true hero.

Jul 14, 2018 05:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Yolanda.  If the world acted like this about other situations it would be a much better place.

Jul 14, 2018 05:27 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Yolanda. I read your title and knew what this would be about. Beautifully done.

Jul 14, 2018 06:03 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

They showed an amazing amount of courage through it all and I am glad they are out safe and sound!

Jul 14, 2018 06:27 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you so much for the feature in the Photos Group I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Jul 14, 2018 08:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

All of us have been watching that story. The kids are lucky to be alive.

Jul 14, 2018 08:37 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


You are so correct as this was an amazing effort by an international coalition of countries and people. Those boys and coach do deserve kudos for their actions during yje worst of circumstances.  

Jul 15, 2018 01:12 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Yolanda,
This was (and is) a riveting story with so many lessons.  I, too, pray for the family and friends of the heroic Navy Seal.  He has left quite a legacy in those boys and their coach.

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