A Thought

April 16, 2013

Kindness

” 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.”

~ Fred Rogers

Today is a day for the Get Real series, and I will be sure to post on that in a few hours, but I was up for much of last night thinking about what happened in Boston. I found myself not necessarily reflecting on the tragedy, but reflecting on those seconds immediately following the explosions. If you watched it, you know what I saw; Those people, everywhere, running to help.

It was an amazing sight, and in this moment I am choosing to reflect on them. I realized that in the face of something horrible, good always outnumbers evil. Yes, the event makes me angry, and sad, but looking past that, into the faces of those that jumped the fence, not knowing what or who they would find, that ensures that darkness can not overtake light.

The helpers. The good.

Raising children is no easy task, and answering tough questions is a part of that journey. My kids have been shielded from this event, but others they have faced head on. Today is a reminder that one of life’s greatest lessons is that no matter how hard things get, helping one another still makes them bearable.

Wishing you a day of peace and light.

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Tonya April 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thanks for sharing that quote by Fred Rogers – so perfect.
I just pray for the day where everyone’s hearts are full of love and that we don’t have to have so much sorrow – we can contribute to this possibility by loving our children unconditionally.
Blessings to you Heather,
Tonya

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a little crafty nest April 16, 2013 at 9:51 am

Heather, I heard about yesterday’s events via the computer late last night and my heart filled with pain. But you are right, focus on the helping and set the example to our little ones, whether our own or our community’s, and trust that all will be well. Sometimes it is a difficult thing to muster, but indeed, Light shall prevail. I choose to be a helper, too. Peace.
xo Jules

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Lindsey April 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

Heather, that’s exactly what I’ve chosen to focus on all day in my reflections. People helped, rallied, supported. Comfort in the chaos of other feelings with this horrific event.

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shelley April 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for sharing in the wake of terrible pain.

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Melinda Taylor-Kelly April 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

We had something similar happen in our family. When we moved to Texas, we were pressured into placing the kids in school there. Within a relatively short time it became clear that they were not thriving. Evan declared that he now hates math. Chloe completely shut down when reading came up, and Bella started refusing to even go. It was horrible …we pulled them our school (that was another long difficult process in Texas) and since then have had to un-do all the damage.
So do not be so hard on yourself, you tried something and it did not work. They will mainly remember that you saved them!
Hugs to you!

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