In my previous life, I was a marathoner. I would train for months at a time, getting up at the crack of dawn and running as if my life depended on it. My family members would travel miles and stand for hours just to get a two second glimpse of me running by. I made some amazing friendships and treasure every experience.
During my running career, I visited Boston with my husband who spent his college years there attending Berklee College of Music. He would watch the marathon each year from his apartment bay window. He loves everything about Boston. Although I never had the privilege of participating in the race, I understand the triumph those runners felt before tragedy struck. Which is why Monday’s horrific bombings brings us so much sadness.
I was originally inspired by Ann Curry to start doing Random Acts of Kindness after the Sandy Hook tragedy that took the lives of 26 innocent people. Curry asked that a kindness act be done in honor of each victim. I loved the idea and made a personal promise of doing at least one act every Wednesday in hopes of balancing the energy (good/bad) in the world. I’ve used this blog and social media as a platform to encourage others to do the same and with these recent events, my commitment is stronger than ever.
There is no act of kindness that is too small. It’s been evident in the stories reported from Boston how people risked their safety to help a stranger in need and how many lives were saved because of it. There’s been a quote circulating from Mr. Rogers about looking for the helpers in a tragic event, to make sense of it all.
We are all helpers. We see it when faced with such horrible conditions; how the best comes out in people. This light and kindness and love are always within us, it isn’t reserved for tragedies. We have the power to choose positivity and help others every day.
For today’s Random Act of Kindness, I donated to the Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts to support their ongoing
efforts. It’s the closest connection I can make with those affected.
Ann Curry is once again encouraging people to tweet their random acts of kindness in honor of Boston using #26Acts2. Go to Twitter and look up some tweets or search the word ‘kindness’ in the Search box for inspiration and do a Random Act of Kindness this week.