In light of the Boston Marathon’s tragedy, I’m at a loss of words. I am flooded with feelings of sadness, anger, heartache, confusion, and grief. Questions are running through my mind. Who would do something like this? Why? What is wrong with the world today? Why? Why? Why?
While I don’t have answers, I couldn’t stop thinking Why? and I grew angrier and angrier until I was fuming. Then I saw this image that Stephanie Cotta Photography (aka: my sister) posted on Facebook yesterday:
Good ol’ Mr. Rogers to help bring peace to my unsettling emotions. Itz true though and it made me realize there are good people in this world. In the time of crisis, I know people in the area ran to help those injured regardless of if they knew them or not. In any tragic situation there are always people helping, whether itz the police department, fire department, military, or civilians. Those people are the heroes.
It got me thinking: What kind of person do I want to be? Do I want to be a person who lives in fear? Do I want to be a person who is angry at the world? No. No, I do not. So now what? What can I do about it? I decided:
I want to be a helper.
While I can’t directly help or bring solace to those affected, I can do my part in trying to make the world a better place. Maybe that’s a grand gesture, and I know it is, but the tiny actions we do to bring happiness to those around us, just may add up to that big ol’ cliché idea of making the world a better place. Itz at least worth a shot. Go ahead, give it a try. Consider it a challenge, today, in memory and in honor of those in Boston and those suffering all over the world.
What kind of person do YOU want to be? What can YOU do to make the world a better place?