Ever since the group of 12 soccer players were trapped in a flooded Thai cave with their coach, earlier this year, and the world watched riveted by the weeks leading up to a harrowing rescue, I’ve been moved by the parents of those boys. The parents knew their children’s’ 25 year old coach would blame himself for the group being in the life-threatening situation. The coach had sent out a note apologizing to the parents. Knowing full well the weight of the responsibility the young coach felt, the parents were quoted in the news, “When he comes out, we have to heal his heart.”
The parents response in Thailand has lingered with me over the months as I watch the fear and divisiveness swirl around the United States. I think about what the reactions would have been had the subterranean scenario taken place here. Lawsuits, blame and persecution are what I suspect would have been the order of the day in the West. People give their opinions on assumptions, usually assuming the worst of others or picking at failings. What would happen if we assumed the best intentions? Looked for people’s highest potential and sought to bring that out?
I’m also struck by the young coach’s ability to keep the boys calm by teaching meditation while they were trapped without food. We could learn a lot about how to react in times of stress and difficulty. There were many lessons to be learned as the world watched this rescue unfold. What if meditation was taught and practiced daily in school for a bit each day? What would the United States and the rest of the world look like, if instead of being critical and resentful of shortcomings, we asked, “How can we heal hearts?”