Look for the helpers

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. 

There’s something particularly devastating about an attack on a marathon. It’s an epic event in which men and women appear almost superhuman. The winning men run for hours at a pace even normal fit people can only hold in a sprint. But it’s also so ordinary. It’s not held in a stadium or on a track. It’s held in the same streets everyone drives on and walks down. An attack on a marathon is, in some ways, more devastating than an attack on a stadium; you’re hitting something special but also something very quotidian.
— Nicholas Thompson of The New Yorker

If you were glued to social media yesterday, like me, you probably saw tweets quoting Mister Rogers

Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.
— Fred 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.