“Look For The Helpers”

Yesterday I elected not to publish the post I had written about The Great Gatsby, thinking it would feel more appropriate today.  It doesn’t.

Via FrontPagesToday Twitter Feed

Via FrontPagesToday Twitter Feed

This week in April has become very rugged for the American psyche. Waco. Oklahoma City. Columbine. Now Boston.

For some reason, this image….

CBS News

CBS News

Kept reminding me of this.



We are a resilient lot however. Out of the chaos there were stories of courage and bravery.

Boston Globe

John Tlumacki/Boston Globe Sports

Another instance where we see images of those who rush into danger and bring others to safety.

Bill Hoenk for the Boston Globe

Bill Hoenk for the Boston Globe

Our methods for coping are as diverse as the country where we live.

Ben Revere plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, his Twitter feed yesterday tells a powerful story. He was excited to be playing, it was Jackie Robinson Day for Major League Baseball.

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Ben Revere Twitter Feed

And then this.

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Followed by this.

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

This is the photo that accompanied the tweet shown immediately above.

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Thousands did all they could to help those most directly impacted, those stories were told on social media.

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A woman posted pictures of her friend helping out.



Restaurants opened their doors.

El Pelon Taqueria Twitter

El Pelon Taqueria Twitter

And people opened their hearts. These acts of kindness were repeated all over the area, hundreds, if not thousands of times. There was a Google doc connecting those willing to help with those in need.

Via Business Insider

Via Business Insider

Reading the tweets was a gentle nudge that there is always something positive, even if buried within a catastrophic event. And it reminded me of this, the classic “Look for the helpers” from Fred Rogers.




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8 responses to ““Look For The Helpers”

  1. MCW

    Reminded me of 9/11 as well. I was in NYC on that day and I still don’t know what to say to those in Boston except good overcomes evil.

  2. mona

    You do an amazing job of capturing the moments showing the caring hearts of humanity, amongst the devastation, in your posts of tragedy. Well done.

  3. I wanted to post about MCW’s visit today but instead posted about this same thing. It’s simply awful.

  4. So tragic, I hate that these types of things have become a new norm. Peace should not be a luxury but commonplace in our world. I don’t know what has happened, but its so hard to understand, why there has to be this degree of evil and suffering, why parents need to mourn their 8 year old son, a fiance his bride to be…..I cannot comprehend and yet we must not lose hope. I will continue to pray for everyone affected, and pray for our world to one day, hopefully sooner than later become one of unity, solidarity and peace. I will continue to believe its possible.

  5. Anonymous

    Oh, well said Susan. In the face of evil, stands courage, compasion and hope.

  6. If I were ever asked where I went for news in times of sorrow, I’d say you. You are the only person I want to hear talk about this stuff, because you never exploit anything, and your tone is just so perfect.

    Thank you.

  7. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  8. Beautiful. I love your perspective on this. Thank you for writing and sharing this. ❤

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