Miguel De Cervantes

The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.

A very brief history of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: he was born in 1547 in the city of Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid, Spain. He wrote Don Quixote de la Mancha, part I in 1605 and Part II in 1615. And he died in 1616.

I stumbled across the above quote today, entirely by chance while having a look at a completely unrelated website. The relevance of the quote is plain to see if you have happened to have caught anything on the news reports of the trapped Chilean miners who are being rescued today. I tend not to watch the news – or try not to, but sometimes it can’t be helped, and I forget and ‘end up’ watching it! Today, I am pleased that I did watch it.

No bad news, just good news.

A fascinating story of survival, teamwork, camaraderie, hope, freedom and relief!

I’ve been catching little snippets of the plight of the trapped miners over the past few weeks, but only in passing. I knew yesterday that they were about to start the rescue operation, but then saw nothing further until this morning. I woke up early, switched on the TV and was watching only short reports that the first four miners had been rescued. The reports were saying that the fifth miner was about to be brought to the surface, a nineteen year old who has decided that too much has happened to him and he wants to change his life.

By the time I managed to watch the news again at lunchtime, eleven miners had been rescued. One by one they were emerging from beneath the rock to a round of applause from the rescuers, their families and friends, and hoards of TV news reporters. Apparently those who could handle the pressure to deal with the exposure were the first to be rescued, those who could handle the pressure of waiting to be rescued were left until last, and those in the middle were selected for other reasons. A very well thought out rescue plan, in my opinion, and everyone seems remarkably calm. However, you can see the relief on their faces when they are finally released from the Phoenix (the tiny tube that is being used to bring the miners to the surface one by one.)

The latest news report that I have just caught, this evening, said that twenty of the miners have now been rescued.

Let’s hope that the remaining thirteen are all OK, and the rescue continues in the same amazing fashion as it has throughout the day!

Like I said before, I love good news. It is quite rare to have the news reports dominated by something positive. And it feels good!

As I started this post with a quote from Miguel De Cervantes, here are a few more to finish:

  • I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.
  • Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
  • The pen is the tongue of the mind.
  • To be prepared is half the victory.
  • In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
  • Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.