The heartbreaking events in Boston on Monday are a sobering reminder that tragedy can strike when we least expect it. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
As we mourn the victims, we also hail the acts of courage, comfort and generosity we’ve seen from people in response to the tragedy:
- Regular people administering lifesaving first aid to injured strangers.
- First responders rushing toward danger, carrying wounded people to safety and then heading right back.
- Hundreds of Boston-area residents opening their homes to whoever needs shelter.
- Restaurants feeding runners, their families and responders for free.
- Runners crossing the finish line and immediately continuing to Massachusetts General Hospital to donate blood for the victims.
That capacity of our fellow beings to care for each other in the face of unfathomable shock and grief is both humbling and inspiring.
As we all come to grips with this tragedy, let it serve as a reminder to appreciate what matters most in life: While money and work are important, the people we care about matter far, far more. We hope you’re holding those you love close; we certainly are.