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Giving the shirt off your back

Monday, April 22, 2013

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people, as I grew older , I admire kind people." Abraham Joshua Heschel

What happened in Boston was a terrible tragedy that I hope will never be duplicated again . But out of that tragedy came a heck of a lot of kindness.

People literally gave the shirts off their backs for others to use as bandages. they used their belts or what ever else they could find. People who already ran 26 miles ran to help or give blood. Instead of running away from disaster they ran toward it to help.

People opened their refrigerators and cabinets and gave out food, water, and blankets.. People opened their homes and hearts so others with no place to go could rest and watch the news.

Later when things got back to semi normal the sport world showed their kindness to others. The yankees stood with the red sox not against. Whole stadiums sang the national anthem together as one. The Bruins opposing team paid them and Bostonians homage before the game. Neil Diamond surprised the red sox with a rendition of Sweet Caroline . And lastly the Bruins gave the shirts off their backs to the first responders to the tragedy.

Before this I had my doubts about this country . We have a habit of not knowing our neighbors. A habit I will soon be breaking. The world seemed a cold and desolate place. But now I see the outpouring of LOVE .I saw it in the signs at the London marathon dedicated to Boston Strong. Most of the world is ready to give the shirts off their backs and that my friend is a very powerful thing.

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    I feel I should share that I am one of those who rush in to help others without regard for myself. And the strangest thing is that it just "happens", there is no thought or discussion, no weighing of the costs or wondering what others would think. It has put me in some scary places. I'm right where I need to be.
    1881 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    It is so heartwarming seeing those stories of people taking that extra step to help someone in need.
    1881 days ago
    An interesting quote you've started your blog off with. I've never heard it before. I like it. I admire kindness and intelligence equally. I'm glad people stepped in and did what they could to help in the midst of this tragic event. It was the decent and right thing to do.
    1882 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    There is good in the world and there are good people, we do need to appreciate them. emoticon emoticon
    1882 days ago
    God always has a plan to bring good out of bad.
    1882 days ago
    Out of the tragedy came the realisation that
    we care and rush to help when there is an
    emergency. But it must be part of the human
    spirit and it is good to know that will never be
    broken by any act of terrorism. United = Peace.
    Gives faith in humanity. Great blog. emoticon
    1882 days ago
    Sad that we only realize that people are good when there is a tragedy , there are good people in the world we just need to see past the bad things - Hugs K
    1882 days ago
    I keep telling myself that there are a lot more good people in the world it's just so sad that it only takes a couple or one person to do so much damage.
    Have a terrific week.
    1882 days ago
    I know excactly what you mean, I feel the world is a cold place too. It was wonderful to see all those heros standing up!!! I still get teary eyed when i see all of the "Boston Strong" !!! Big hugs to everyone!!! emoticon emoticon
    1882 days ago
    When bad things happen, it brings out the good in people. Let's hope this continues, even on a small scale. HUGS!
    1882 days ago
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