Our Hearts are with the City and People of Boston Today

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the terrible act of senseless violence at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. At a time when so many people turn their attention to witness the best of the human spirit, someone inserted evil. My hope is that at times like these, we can attempt to identify and nurture that which is good and right with humanity. I realize this offers absolutely no comfort to those suffering unspeakable loss. I can’t imagine their pain.

Today happens to be the 6th anniversary of the VA Tech shootings. I’m reminded of an enduring phrase that came out of that day, spoken by poet and activist Dr. Nikki Giovanni. She said in a hastily written speech, “we are VA Tech, we will prevail, we will prevail”, over and over. It affected me then and has stuck with me since. The message is simple and unquestionably true.

When an evil act occurs, our focus becomes an attempt to gain clarity and understanding. While we may never fully answer those internal questions, we’re often positioned and inspired to look for ways to do good work. That’s what good old regular folks do.

The people who run marathons are an inspiration. They are good old regular folks too. They come from all walks of life, and they all have a story. My brother ran the Boston Marathon four years ago. He started his quest, just because… just to see… could he make it happen? Getting prepared was a journey and along the way he happened to find himself running for a charity that spoke to his heart. He didn’t sign up for the race as an extension of charitable work, but the race became an inspiration for good. How many of the folks running yesterday’s race were running not only for themselves, but for lots of others as well? THOUSANDS!!! You can bet on that.

The Boston Marathon is the second biggest single-day sporting event in the U.S., just behind the Super Bowl. Evil wanted a platform to spread that which none of us good old regular folks will ever understand. Instead, our attention will turn decidedly towards helping those directly affected while illuminating and elevating all the good work that comes out of an event like this marathon. We will prevail, we will prevail.

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