Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top (in Boston)

Today, I am thinking of the people of Boston, and remembering the senseless bombings last year at the marathon.

Graveyard in Spring, Savannah, Georgia

Colonial Graveyard in Spring

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.

Love is Louder, sign, Backbay Boston

Love is Louder sign, Back Bay, Boston

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

Boston Strong, Summer 2013

Boston Strong, Summer 2013

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.

De Cordova Museum, Boston

Two Big Black Hearts, Sculpture by Jim Dine, De Cordova Museum, Boston

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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  1. What a coincidence that in the last post I wrote about Cat Stevens, a popular figure that converted to Islamic faith. Your quote: ‘Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows’ by Dante Alighieri is ever so true. We need that inner strength to remain objective and have an open mind. I prefer Jimmy Carter, as a Peace Nobel laureate over Barack Obama, even when I respect them both equally.


    • Hi Maria! I agree absolutely about having the inner strength to keep an open mind. It’s hard when our opinions are influenced 24/7 by outside forces, such as the media. The lines getting blurred and it’s hard to stand firm. But we must! Thanks so much for your thoughts!


    • Yes, and if I’m not mistaken that prize was awarded at the beginning of his term. Yes, they do “body count” the toll in human life while in presidency. Jimmy Carter is head and shoulders above Obama. Obama is instigating more war with his antics of coming in and out of the middle east region. I think he came into presidency too young. Again, that’s IMOHO. Excuse me for going meddling with politics again.


  2. I was stunned when the award was announced. What was O’Bama’s contribution as compared to 100’s of others, all of whom were more deserving. Jimmy Carter was one of the worst presidents in the USA but as a human being with compassion and dedication to global peace, he deserves any and all recognition he receives.


    • I agree Patti and Maureen. Jimmy Carter was a transformed human being after his presidency. He was not a good president, but look at all he did afterwards! I’m sure the Nobel price committee is regretting Obama’s prize now more than ever. He was too young to receive it, IMOHO.


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