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picture used from The Sun/UK "Up, Up and Hooray!"

Last night I was glued to the TV, not with one of my silly shows, but it was the human spirit that captivated me.  I saw the first miner come to the surface of the earth after being trapped 2,000 feet under ground for 68 long days.  Tears where streaming down my face and my heart was overwhelmed with all I was taking in.  It was like I was there chanting their Chilean football cheer.  PD1 looked up at me and asked me if I was sad as I was wiping the tears away and gathering her together for bed.  This was the fist time I had to explain to her that not all crying is because someone is sad or hurt but can come when one is happy and at peace with what they are experiencing. 

After the kids were tucked safely away in their beds, I decided to go to bed early and just watch this amazing feat of engineering, collaboration, unity, perseverance , fear, joy and faith that this country is dealing with and experiencing.  The next miner comes up and he is just a ball of energy!  He is running and jumping and leading the crowd in the football cheer.  He embraced every rescue worker and was full of life!  Again the water works just came back. 

I have seen two more rescues and as of right now they are in the process of rescuing the 13th miner.  They are still far from the end, but the spirit you see being fed back via the media is infectious. You feel a sense of pride, you feel a sence of hopefulness, you feel a sence that human life is precious and resilient and worth all that has been put into this rescue effort. 

In watching this, I realized that this media coverage is not just covering an amazing rescue,one for the history books,  but it is covering what is important.  Each time a miner comes up safe and you watch them embrace their families and friends, the world seems to be less evil, less broken and less full of nonsense.  It seems that not only has the tangible effort brought together countries, villages, companies, and people who would more or less never of given thought to each other but it is bringing the world together seeing the human spirit at work . 

There are no campaign agendas, there is no Al Qaeda and Taliban, there are no wall street  investigations, there is no 9.6% unemployment, there is no recession recovery, and there is no left or right.  All there that being pumped into my living room is this fragile peace that passes all comprehension; something each of us are born with but rarely ever tap into. 

This peace could change the world, if everyone could just take one slice of what this amazing moment in history is giving us and really understand its power!  In doing that the world would be a little bit less confusing, the egos would be a little bit smaller and the evils would be a little bit less scary. 

If you have not seen this amazing feat of turning a tragedy to an amazing story of rescue, survival and the thriving human spirit, there is still time.  Sit down and at least watch one.  I believe it will be a moment you will never forget.

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