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.