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Supportive Community is a Pillar of Hope

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The power of community to positively impact health was shown strongly as we watched the unfolding of miners' situation in Chile. On August 5, 2010, there was a mining accident at the Saint Jose mine, and 33 men were caught in a mine unable to get out. They were hundreds of yards underground. I remember hearing the story of them being stuck and thinking what a terrible situation it was. They had a wired camera that was sent down to see how the miners were doing. The foreman was given accolades for his ability to pull the miners together and keep their spirits high in a difficult situation. One of the miners said humor and religion were what kept them alive. They were well organized they talked out their problems

They were praying and supporting one another, sleeping and talking together, and creating community. They were all supporting one another emotionally and spiritually. They pulled together knowing if one miner would be saved they all would be saved. It struck me as a powerful example of how the power of believing in a higher power has the ability to mentally get people through the most incredible circumstances. I consider "creating a supportive network around you" to be one of my four pillars of health. I know it is the basis for creating and maintaining health and longevity in life.

Not only did the miners create a supportive network in the mine, the world mining community came together to find a solution to getting the miners to safety. It took careful planning and to attention to detail to safely get them all out. The name of the capsule that was sent down to rescue the miners was called the Phoenix. The name Phoenix is significant because it symbolizes a bird that was on fire and then rose from the ashes. In a sense, isn’t that exactly what these 33 miners did?

Think about your hardships and how you were able to get through them. Was it your strength of character and your belief in yourself or your higher power? Was there someone, like a friend or stranger who helped you through it? Community and spirit can change lives.

Live Vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

Dr. Dae's website: www.healthydaes.com

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Dr. Dae - Thanks for your insightful comments. Finding support during difficult times is critical, and for many with serious health conditions that will mean seeking that support online from strangers who share concerns rather than people already in your life. It can be heartbreaking to ask people you work with or have known a long time to be part of your support activities only to find they have absolutely no interest in your needs.Those seeking support should be aware of this obstacle and advised that being open to meeting new people can open up a whole new world of good people and relationships that truly will provide needed support. Community and spirit indeed change lives, and thanks to the Internet we now have many new ways to build that community and obtain that spirit.
Take care,

October 19, 2010 - 12:05pm
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