Wellness Tip: (Emotional/Spiritual) A Heart For Boston And Each Other
Shortly after the explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday, I saw RAW footage of hurting people, damaged bodies, fear and shock on people’s faces. However, I also saw police offices, marathon personnel, paramedics, and even some of the athletes and spectators rush to the aid of those who had been hurt.
It gave me hope to see that in the midst of chaos, there are good and decent people in the world who are willing to sacrifice themselves in an effort to help others. I have the upmost respect and admiration for our law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and armed forces for their sacrifice and willingness to help others in times of need.
Did you know that you too can be a hero? Sure, it may not be as extravagant as a bomb explosion, or rushing to the hospital to donate blood, but there are hurting people around us each and every day. The people who may work right next to us, the people who are scanning our groceries at the store, or the people who are in line behind us at the post office may be suffering and we might never know. Human nature is often very good and hiding our hurts. You may never know what a smile, an encouraging word, a nice gesture, or a helping hand may do for a friend, a co-worker, or even a stranger.
I was delighted to see so many people jump in to assist the wounded at the Boston Marathon, but let’s not wait for a tragedy to strike in order to make the effort to help and encourage those around us. We can be on the lookout today to be a hero to someone else by holding a door open for someone whose hands are full, to be a listening ear to someone who is weighed down by life’s circumstances, or to smile at those that cross our path today. Imagine what our world would be like if we all focused more on doing good and having a heart for others…