Chilean miner rescue & psychological skills for survival
People around the world experienced a range of emotions as the first trapped Chilean miner emerged just hours ago. For perhaps the first time in history, thanks in part to advanced equipment and scientists, miners have survived for over 2 months, buried nearly a half mile below the surface.
I happened to walk into a Lifetime Fitness lounge tonight when the first rescuer was preparing to be lowered via a 28 inch wide capsule. I sat in awe as live video was broadcast of the actual chamber in which the miners had lived. Another gentlemen, sitting silently in the lounge, discreetly wiped a tear from his eye as one miner hugged his wife and son. My Facebook wall (see initial comments posted on the AllWorld Performance page on Facebook below) lit up with nocturnal friends in the United States wanting to stay awake till the last man surfaced; although, we’re told it could take up to 40 hours.
What does it take, mentally, to survive in such closed and isolated quarters for 69 days? And to recover in the aftermath? And what may we be able to learn and apply to our own performances and lives from such insight?
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Where were you when you first heard the news or saw the video? Please share your story, including your city or country, in the comments below!