Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

7 Great Life Lessons From Tsunami Survivor


As I am writing this article, the world is shaken by the tsunami that hit Asia on 26 December 2004. It is only now that we start understanding the greatness of the tragedy.

But it is also at such moments that we can see examples of outstanding people's bravery and courage. And you know, they don't even think about themselves as brave, they simply did what they thought was right.

I am referring to the story of Phuket's resident Bill O'Leary, a former Australian, who saved many lives.

Just 2 minutes before the first wave hit, he received a phone call from his employee, who was on the beach where the company's office is located, "The shoreline receded 250 meters past the swim platform".

O'Leary was in the sea with guests of his cruise company and his 3 children on the board. He knew the news spelled big trouble. The swim platform was anchored 8 meters deep. He also remembered a shake he felt earlier that morning.

Not many people in Thailand knew about tsunamis but Bill immediately recognized the warning signs. Without delay, he phoned his offices and major hotels, telling them to remove people off the beach, "A tsunami is coming. Clear the beach and get people to high ground." He also asked other people on the boat to make phone calls to places they knew.

Then he headed out to the sea to face the giant wave. Bill was on the other side of the island, further away from the upcoming tsunami He was in open water when he received the call from the same employee that tsunami hit the Phuket's beach. Bill pulled back the engines and waited. Then he saw it. A 5-meter step on the water traveling faster than any wave he'd seen before. He directed the boat right at the step and jumped on.

The guests and children were terrified as the boat was riding the wave and everybody was screaming. Bill managed to keep the boat straight until the waves passed. Looking back they could see a wall of water washing off small boats and fish farms ashore. But O'Leary and his crew were safe.

And so were many people that got the 2-minute warning from him. They ran to high grounds and survived. One of the hotels on the beach that got the call, the Marriott, did not have anyone died.

But there also were people who ran back to their homes to fetch some valuables, and who died holding those valuables.

And here are the seven great life lessons we can learn from Bill O'Leary, a tsunami survivor:

1. If you live in the front row, this is where tsunamis hit.

Oceanfront homes come with drawbacks. Have an exit plan in case of emergency and learn the warning signs.

2. A tsunami does not come unannounced.

There ARE warning signs, always. Keep your feelings alert and you should not miss them. If there is a sudden change, seek an explanation.

3. If you know about a problem, alert others.

Don't be afraid to be a Chicken Little. The sky may be really falling.

4. When smell danger, it is wise to run away.

When your gut feeling alerts you, don't freeze. Do something. The problem will only get worse if you wait. If you don't know what can be coming, ask others for help. If there is nobody around to help, simply run. Trust your gut feeling. If you feel unsafe, remove yourself from the situation immediately. Stop a date and excuse yourself. Jump off the car on the traffic light. It's better to be silly than dead.

5. If you cannot run away from the danger, face it with courage.

Jump on the wave and keep your boat straight. Be totally fearless. Fight, if you have to.

6. No matter what happens, keep your cool.

There is no sense in panicking. Don't let your fears or anger overwhelm you. In any situation, the first question you should ask yourself is, "What can I do about it?" Decide on the course of actions and carry on.

7. You are priceless.

You life is thousands times more valuable than anything you own. If you smell danger, forget about your purse, cash or a family memorabilia. Even if you have nothing, you will be still the same person you are today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elena Welon is the webmaster of FREE online personals http://www.Match-Seeker.com - a popular meeting place for thousands of singles seeking dating, love and relationships. There is NO charge for posting your profile or writing to members. Come and meet our great members and find your match.

Meet somebody special at http://www.Match-Seeker.com today!


MORE RESOURCES:

Yahoo Health

The Secret Ingredient You're Missing for Stronger Motivation
Yahoo Health
If you can find the right source of motivation, you'd shock yourself with the things you could accomplish. But if you're even thinking this way in the first place, you probably already know how important it is to eat well and stay active. You are ...



Albany Times Union

Painful loss fuels Schuylerville motivation
Albany Times Union
When a weight-lifting session lacked zip, it meant it was time to witness Schalmont running over, through and around them to spike motivation. Time Warner Cable Sportschannel also recently rebroadcast all the games shown during the 2014 season.
Schuylerville ready for another run at titleThe Saratogian

all 3 news articles »


The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Motivation there for ISU to break losing streak to FCS opponents
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Iowa State University's Sam Richardson (12) tries to break a tackle by Northern Iowa's Ronelle McNeil (47) in the second quarter Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. ¬ Scott Morgan | Photos for the Gazette ...

and more »


PR Newswire (press release)

"Father of Motivation" Dr. Wayne Dyer Dies at Age 75
PR Newswire (press release)
Over the span of his four-decade career, he wrote 42 books, 21 of which became New York Times bestsellers, and this wide readership earned him the affectionate nickname of "the father of motivation" among his fans. Dr. Dyer's message reached across all ...
Dr. Wayne Dyer, former Boca resident, used failure as motivationPalm Beach Post (blog)
Dr. Wayne Dyer, motivational guru, dies at 75CBS News

all 288 news articles »


Education Week (subscription) (blog)

Is Motivation a Major Factor in Test Scores?
Education Week (subscription) (blog)
They never end. It's not that they get recycled as much as it is about understanding why we still seem to be consumed with testing. This may seem like a common sense moment to write about student motivation and testing. After all, I'm sure you are not ...



The Guardian

Chelsea shortcomings exposed by energy and motivation of Crystal Palace
The Guardian
Theirs was the energy, the conviction, the motivation while the Premier League holders spluttered in disbelief, struggling to comprehend their own mediocrity. A first home defeat by their neighbours from south London in 33 years was not a freakish result.
Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2: Jose Mourinho is lost for answers to Chelsea's issuesThe Independent
Jose Mourinho says desire to retain title with Chelsea burns deepSkySports

all 1,422 news articles »


Church provides school supplies, motivation to students
Vineland Daily Journal
MILLVILLE – Students and their families were challenged to strive for big dreams during the No Child Left Behind Fair on Saturday morning. The third annual fair was hosted by Prophetic in Warfare Deliverance & Worship Tabernacle, 1021 Buck St., and ...

and more »


Monday Motivation
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Take advantage of a group activity for motivation. In Morrison County the Live Better Live Longer community outreach effort has a monthly "move party." The team meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month during the summer at Maple Island Park ...



cleveland.com

Ohio State Buckeyes and the advantage of motivation against Virginia Tech ...
cleveland.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After the debacle last season against Virginia Tech, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said, "Coaches don't get surprised, they get disappointed." Actually, in that instance they probably got both. On Monday night, at the end of Labor Day ...

and more »


Fast Company

This SAT Prep Platform Works On Motivation As Much As Content Knowledge
Fast Company
To optimize motivation, Testive uses a combination of machine and man. Students access practice tests and content drills online that include instant feedback and video explanations of concepts and solutions for incorrect answers. But the real tech ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.