Thursday, April 25, 2013

Boston Strong, Boston Proud.

 *This is long but worth it in my opinion*

I love where I live. 

The events that transpired at the Boston marathon last week were terrible and tragic.... I am still praying for those who were lost and injured as well as their families. No one should have to suffer as a result of a cowardly act done by others. 

But I have to look at the positive because that's my coping mechanism. My city came together like no other. The sense of community and pride that occurred after this tragedy make me proud to be a Bostonian. The stories of those who ran towards the bombing to help victims are inspiring, the recognition by sports teams made me cry and smile, the the memorials of those who passed away were beautiful. Boston is a special city. 

Boston proved it. Don't mess with us. We literally SHUT THE CITY DOWN to find the suspects. The police force did incredible. 

It may come as no surprise that I have now watched the news for days. One of the local news stations, WHDH, literally found themselves in the middle of the shoot out live last Thursday night when they found the suspects. Everyone's favorite local newscaster, or atleast mine, Adam Williams, was in the middle of the gun fight. He was hiding behind cars while it was occurring and you can literally hear the fear in his voice. It was scary to watch, but he did an amazing job keeping us all informed and being brave. 

The next night, as I am sure you all have heard, they found the 2nd suspect hiding in a boat and he was eventually apprehended by the police. People in Boston came out of their houses to celebrate and cheer on law enforcement after they heard this news. Adam was still reporting. It was 30+ hrs later and he was still giving it his all. While the celebrations were taking place everyone could take a collective sigh of relief. Adam reported from the scene looking like a little boy who was up way past his bedtime and I couldn't help but laugh as he was reporting. You could just tell that he was SO tired, but man, what dedication! Sometimes you have to look for the little things that can lighten the mood, yanno?

A facebook page popped up called "Free Adam Williams" so apparently I wasn't the only one laughing. 

But on to the point, as I was looking at the page this morning, I noticed that today is National Pay It Forward Day and the page is encouraging people to do 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the victims at the 26th mile of the marathon. As you may recall, in the wake of the Newtown Tragedy, NBC News' Ann Curry started a kindness movement to do 26 acts of kindness to honor the 26 victims. This is Act 2. 

Moral of the story: Watching my city celebrate, and Adam reporting looking like a tired little boy, made me laugh when I had been scared/sad for the whole week. You never know when a silly little thing can effect people in a positive way and make them feel just a little bit of happiness. I am inspired to complete the #26Acts2 and you should too!

Share/Post/Inspire: #26Acts2 #bostonstrong #26Acts26Miles

Here are some of my ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. Do you have any to add to my list?

Pay for the person behind you a the drive-thru
Donate books to the public library
Let someone go ahead of you in live
Donate to the onefund
Make a new friend
Read to a child
Play for just a few extra minutes
Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life
Put quarters in the parking meters of parked cars
Thank your mail man
Rake a neighbors yard
Make someone laugh
Compliment more people
Complete a walk or race for your favorite organization

Those are just a few ideas and there are probably countless more. The point is they all don't have to be grand gestures. Even little things can make someone else's day. If you read all this you all just paid me a Act of Kindness for today because this is important to me and it made my day. So thank you. 

There are good people in this world, now let's show it! 

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