I’m not the best at staying up to date on the pulse of current events. It’s not for a lack of care or concern that I’m a smidge oblivious, but one thing leads to the next, the day flies by and I never seem to have an accurate idea of what’s going on in the world. All of that to say that if a headline makes its way to me, it MUST be good, and recently, I’ve come across two incredible stories that have left me feeling utterly uplifted.
The first is about a fearless raccoon who scaled the 25-story UBS building in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. No one can say what initially brought that little lady to try such a feat, but, as the country waited on pins and needles, she defied the odds of exhaustion and gravity to successfully reach the top safe and sound. While raccoons are skilled climbers, they usually max out their efforts around 20 to 30 feet. I can’t even imagine what she must have been thinking as she climbed, and climbed, and climbed but her stamina, bravery, and fortitude was a joy to watch.
The second is an unprecedented story in terms of overcoming obstacles and working together on a global scale. A young soccer team from Thailand, the Wild Boars, was trapped while exploring a cave after a sudden monsoon. With no warning, the 12 young men and their coach were stranded deep below the surface in a far removed part of a very dangerous, now underwater cave. With no resources, the boys waited patiently for 10 days to be found.
After much searching, a team of expert cave divers from the U.K. found the boys and their coach alive and huddled together on the edge of a rock. Over the next days, volunteers from dozens of countries came far and wide to help get the boys out safely.
The cave was extremely dangerous, full of flooded narrow passages and the rescue effort was mammoth. Though it wasn’t without peril and hardship, thankfully the tireless effort of so many paid off and all 13 lives were saved. It's a miracle.
Sometimes it feels like we’re living in a world full fear and hate. Then two stories pop up and remind me that I can keep going with faith, hope, and determination to accomplish nearly anything. The tales of one determined raccoon and the gargantuan rescue of a Thai soccer team prove we are strong on our own, but better together. In fact, I think I’ll start paying a bit more attention to the headlines now.
Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Houston area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.