Today, I am thinking of the people of Boston, and remembering the senseless bombings last year at the marathon.
During trips to Boston this summer and fall, I often returned to Boylston Street, still boarded up in spots and undergoing repairs. Despite the reminders of the blast, the mood in the city was upbeat, optimistic. Flowers, handwritten signs, and banners filled the streets in Back Bay, tangible reminders of the outpouring of kindness and support from many ordinary citizens who showed extraordinary strength, courage, and compassion by reaching out and helping others in the days, weeks, months after the attack.
United as a city and a people, Boston has triumphed. They remind us of the power within ourselves to respond to adversity with courage and compassion, to go beyond our own concerns and help others. No act is too small. It’s like a pebble tossed in a pond, creating a ripple which travels outward and touches others, magnifying in intensity, gathering strength, creating waves.
Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.–Dante Alighieri
Sadly, these acts of terrorism are not diminishing in the United States and throughout the world. So today, I also honor people in other places like Kansas City, New York, London, Paris, the Soviet Union, China, Iraq, and Afghanistan who have dealt with acts of hatred, terrorism, and brutality and have not let it harden their hearts. Instead, you all have shown us the best of humanity: the power of compassion, kindness, generosity, goodness, and love. I salute you all.
Do you know people who have demonstrated the best in humankind in the aftermath of horrific events? Have they inspired you as well?
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