I was in a restaurant with big screen TVs on Monday for lunch. In the middle of a fun conversation, the headlines from Boston flashed up on the screen. Our whole table was stunned. Suddenly nothing else was important. Did you feel the same way when you heard the news?
One of the best ideas I heard this week to help out was “take a first aid course”. It’s depressing to think of needing first aid for a terrorist attack. On the other hand, consider all the other times you may need to have some survival skills. During a natural disaster. With an aging family member. Or if someone has an emergency during a school event. So many people helped others avoid worse injuries, including hemorrhaging to death, by having some basic medical knowledge.
On Monday evening, one of my favorite tweets came from El Palon Taqueria: “Open wifi, place to charge cell, or just don’t want to be alone, food and drinks, – pay only if you can.” In just a few words, they beautifully captured the generous spirit that often comes during disasters. It’s a spirit worth carrying forward.
The events in Boston have even inspired some people to dust off their running shoes. This was my favorite quote from the link below: “I ran to clear my head, but it didn’t work. So I ran because I could. Because the freedom of running wasn’t taken away from me. Because the running community stretches to all cities and all places, and I’m glad to be part of it.”
This Friday, I hope you’ve found your own expression to support Boston. If even the Yankees can pause to sing “Sweet Caroline”, so can you. Enjoy!