“Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

Tomorrow will mark the first anniversary of the Boston bombing that occurred on April 15th, 2013. Honestly, it feels much longer than a year since that terror attack. Unfortunately these attacks and evil plots seem to becoming common place. We are given daily reminders that the world is often cold and cruel. Acts of terror are littering the twenty four hour news cycle. I take no pleasure in that. However, with each evil plot carried out we quickly are reading and hearing about acts of hope, kindness, and bravery. Those are the things I take solace in. Those are the things I like to retweet, reblog, and share on social media sites. Those stories are constant reminders that the world is a great place to live in. They are a testament to the human spirit.

Instead of focusing my time on the two evil brothers that plotted and orchestrated such calamity I will discuss the stories of hope, fearlessness, and love that exuded that day. Yes, that day is forever marred with the terrible acts of those two young men but the acts of kindness, unselfishness, and benevolence screams louder than what those brothers could have ever done. 

You see the human spirit instinctively wants to fix, help, and solve horrible situations. The following stories highlights all that is right with humanity. We defend. We protect. We love. Those things help us provide meaning to calamity that otherwise would have no meaning at all.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2014/apr/14/boston-marathon-bombing-survivors-pictures

The article, from the above link, discusses several of the survivors from that day who had to have a limb amputated. It is true that their lives were forever changed. They can no longer experience life the way the used to.  However each person has something in common. They over came. They are persistent. They did not let the bad guys win. Every single one of these survivors have worked hard to learn how to live with a prosthetic limb and live their life again. Some even plan to run the marathon again. That is winning. That is vanquishing the cowardice that was displayed by those evil brothers a year ago. Picking yourself up from the peril and moving forward. Not letting the evils of this world keep you from living your life. That is what these folks want. Thank God we haven’t let that happen. They have not won. Every day the survivors get up, push, and live a new day the bad guy’s cause dies. Thank God for that. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/heroic-first-responders-a_n_3088369.html

The above link’s article discusses the brave men and women who risked their own lives to save the many people suffering in the streets of the marathon. They are amazing men and women. They are extraordinary people who are combating the effects of the evils in the world. The police, firemen, and paramedics all leaped into action and saved countless lives. They were comforters, mourners, and friends in many of the survivor’s perilous time of need. Not only did first responders help but average citizens did what they could. Doctors, nurses, and others stayed with victims, dragged them to safety, or simply shielded them from debris. These individuals are heroes. They are selfless. They are amazing people. I thank God for their courage, bravery, and honor. May they be remembered as the extraordinary people they are. 

The following link will take you to a site that has images of survivors displaying quotes of strength. Their words are few but profound.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/dear-world-boston-marathon-photos/

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Human nature is flawed. We mess up sometimes. However, we are doing a lot of things right. We as people pull together in times of despair. We defend. We protect. We love. Evil may do everything it can to dominate. People will attempt to cause destruction in their wake. However, as long as we remain like the extraordinary survivors and first responders we will prevail. Good will triumph. I could not have written about the majesty of human nature without the wonderful examples of perseverance of the Boston Marathon survivors. They are all that is right with the world. The anniversary is fresh on my mind and reminded me of the goodness each one of us possess. The survivors and the first responders of the Boston Bombing highlight what humanity is doing right. We persevere. We live. We grow.

We become Boston Strong. 

This in itself is humbling. 

 

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