Like most people from the US, I have spent a lot of the past few hours reading about the events in Boston yesterday. In the midst of the news reports and fact finding early on, the New Yorker posted an article about the Meaning of the Boston Marathon to the running community and to an international audience.
This quote from the article summarizes the feeling that so many US citizens are feeling, but may not be able to articulate.
If you were glued to social media yesterday, like me, you probably saw tweets quoting Mister Rogers.
Horrific events, both natural and manmade, happen throughout the world daily. As the rest of the world shifts to the devastating earthquake in Iran, the citizens of the US will begin to heal and look for the individuals responsible for the attack. Our obsession with the horrific, unsolved crime should not prevent us from thinking about the world beyond the US.
You may chose to help by celebrating the lives of those who were lost, sharing photos or videos from the scene, volunteering or donating blood, money or time. I know I'll be looking for ways to help those in Boston and Iran. Charity Navigator is keeping a running list of organizations you may wish to donate to for the Boston Marathon. I have not found anything specific for the Iran earthquake, but Charity Navigator also has some suggestions for helping when disaster strikes.