Boston Strong + Dear World

I just came across the Dear World website about the Boston Marathon bombings and needed to share it with my readers. What a beautiful depiction of healing and the resiliency of the human spirit. The one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon is next week.

I was not physically in Boston that day but, was glued to the news media watching the horror unfold like many Americans that day. I have been blessed with a strong gift of compassion and empathy so when stuff like this happens, I get heavily sucked into the human connection.

I prayed for the law enforcement, for the emergency responders, the victims throughout the day, my heart hurt for all those involved. At some point in the day, someone shared a link to a police scanner online. I listened to the live manhunt for the bombers. I remember listening to the scanner as they engaged in a shootout with the bombers and closed in on the final location, where they took the guy into custody. The FBI and police did not realize there were hundreds (maybe thousands) of us listening to them communicate over their radios. They were doing their jobs with solid strength and incredible calm. I do not recall the exact words spoken but, I heard the conversation between the FBI agent and the attacker in the boat. Chilling. As I listened to the injured bomber struggle to speak, I couldn't help but wonder if any regret or remorse had come over him? He had just witnessed his brothers death, did that make his actions earlier in the day become more real? I probably should have turned off the scanner but, I couldn't bring myself to do it. Then a voice over the radio said, "Careful, we have a live feed. Switch channel immediately."

A few months earlier, our community was coping with the shootings at the Clackamas Town Center and a few days before that, America ached with the heartbreaking events at Sandy Hook.

Looking through the images on the Dear World website was a reminder that there is good in humanity. There is healing that can come from facing your most horrible nightmares. I loved what Roseann Sdoia said on the Dear World website,

"My mom told me that this is what I said when I came out of my medically induced coma. We have deformities to our bodies, but I think it makes us stronger to be so open with it. I think it’s part of our therapy to get through what happened to us. I feel like it was supposed to happen. I feel like my life was supposed to change. I don’t know if it’s to help others, but I feel like there was a reason for it. It happened to help bring some sort of awareness to disabilities or amputations. You definitely look at the world differently."

How incredible is that perspective! I'm so inspired by her honesty to admit she felt it was "supposed to happen... my life was supposed to change".  I want to approach life with that strength and courage. To accept, when things go sideways, that it is supposed to happen and embrace it.

Take a moment to look through the Dear World website. Be inspired by the survivors strength.