On Monday, April 15th, I was cheering the Boston Marathon runners on a beautiful, sunny day.
I remember one guy who looked to be in his 50's. I was impressed that he was running and looking fit and happy. He had a name tag, "Bob." I yelled his name and cheered him on. The next day I saw a photo of him on the morning news. He was on the ground and covered in blood.
I have prayed for Bob and for Boston and for all those impacted by this act of violence. As I did, I became aware of immense waves of love, compassion and healing flowing in and around the city.
National Public Radio had a wonderful quote from Mr. Rogers. Remember him from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? “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.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
I also want to remember the good and caring people in the world. Those who comforted the injured and frightened. Those who offered a warm bed, a ride, some food and an encouraging word. There is goodness in this world. I'm choosing to focus on it today.
We are all fighting battles of some sort. We all need kindness, help and understanding. What can you do to increase the level of compassion in your corner of the world today?
Last reviewed: 18 Apr 2013
Robinson, L. (2013). There Are Good People In the World. Psych Central.
Retrieved on February 1, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/divine-intuition/2013/04/there-are-good-people-in-the-world/