The Boston Tragedy: Seeing the Light

April 16, 2013

in Life Lessons

Gandhi quoteYesterday our eyes saw too much blood, smoke, and carnage than we should have on a beautiful spring day. And our hearts felt heavier than any of us expected when we woke to start our week. As a nation, our hearts have not fully healed from the December tragedy in Sandy Hook, and yet we face another inexplicable, tragic event. And, as we always do, we turned to the internet for information.

The internet is a great tool for us to communicate, promote our businesses, and stay in contact with friends. But it is also a space in which the carnage from a bombing can be played over and over, post after post. It is a medium in which battles are waged between people with differing views, and people hijack a tragedy in an attempt to further a political agenda.

In my small home on the internet as well as my social media accounts, you will not find graphic images of the events from yesterday. There will also not be speculation and rush to blame either our government, people of certain religions or citizens of other nations.

Instead I will focus on the good in a tragic event. In a time such as this, it is what I believe we should all do. Evil should not prevail. And whether evil triumphs relies heavily on each of us choosing to perpetuate it or not.

Today I acknowledge and feel gratitude for the good that came from the event. Boston citizens, medical personnel, marathon runners, race volunteers, law enforcement, and other communities who rose in the face of darkness to show us light. Here are a few examples:

  • The significant number of people donating to the Red Cross temporarily crashed the relief organization’s website.
  • Countless runners completing the 26.2 mile grueling race continued to run–straight to emergency rooms to donate blood.
  • After the second bomb injured those who had run to help the wounded and not knowing if there would be another blast, more chose to rush towards the victims in a great collective act of courage.
  • Runners who were stopped at various points in the race following the bombings were brought food, drinks, and offered the comfort of being inside by Boston residents who lived along the route.
  • The greatest foe for Boston professional sports teams showed a sign of solidarity.

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  • The Red Cross quickly reported blood supplies were full from the significant number of donors immediately following the bombings.
  • Not knowing how they could assist, people lined up outside a Boston hospital to offer to do anything they could to help.

In every corner of the world, in unique ways, people are acknowledging the tragedy and trying to make sense of it all. At a rodeo in Texas, there was a moment of silence when the news of the bombings reached the event. This image, to me, is the epitome of lightness, love, and an example of solidarity.

boston bombingsMay peace be with us all.



@bluenotebacker April 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

A wonderful message, Kelly, and a reminder that we don’t have to let the evils of this world corrupt our vision or our faith in humanity. Thanks for sharing.

Naked Girl in a Dress April 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

Thanks for reading, Sean.

lisa thomson April 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

Beautifully expressed, Kelly. Thank you for this reminder of the goodness that surrounds us.
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

Sometimes seeing the good is a challenge, but it’s always there if we look hard enough.

Blanca Foley May 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

My next bugbear about the whole ‘internet in times of tragedy’ debacle is the use of certain images and false news. At one point yesterday, the world was subjected to the image of a marathon runner being wheeled away with half of his leg completely obliterated.
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Naked Girl in a Dress May 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

I agree, Blanca, that the images being show repeatedly following a tragedy like this is unnecessary. While the media is the biggest offender of this, so too is anyone with a social media account; we should all be mindful of what we are sharing, and it’s impact.

Melanie Eaton May 17, 2013 at 4:47 am

When a tragic event takes place around the world, social media is one of the first places people go for news and information. Within seconds of a tragedy, people reach for their smartphones and tablets. Everyone’s news feeds quickly fill up with trending topics and all the latest updates. The majority of social media users jump on their networks to find useful information from reliable news sources. Many other users are looking for any word from those present in the area sharing firsthand experience of what is happening.
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