What a tragic week it has been for Americans across the country. After hearing the news of the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line followed by the earth-shattering fertilizer blast in West, Texas, Mr. Rogers’ quote has been quite moving:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
There are countless helpers surrounding these tragedies. From the race volunteers and runners to the fire fighters and citizens of West, Texas, ordinary people became heroes in seconds. They helped those in need without question and without pause. As a runner, as an American, and as a human, it strikes my core to see triumph of the human spirit. Despite terror, despite fright, we continue to care for each other. We show love. We show compassion. Thank you to all the helpers in these tragedies and in our daily life. We appreciate all of you, we appreciate your unselfishness, and we appreciate your random acts of kindness towards perfect strangers. Though we are heart-broken over the devastation and loss, we can be thankful and rest soundly knowing that love prevails.