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.
This week in April has become very rugged for the American psyche. Waco. Oklahoma City. Columbine. Now Boston.
For some reason, this image….
Kept reminding me of this.
We are a resilient lot however. Out of the chaos there were stories of courage and bravery.
Another instance where we see images of those who rush into danger and bring others to safety.
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.
And then this.
Followed by this.
This is the photo that accompanied the tweet shown immediately above.
Thousands did all they could to help those most directly impacted, those stories were told on social media.
A woman posted pictures of her friend helping out.
Restaurants opened their doors.
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.
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.