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Have a Blessed Weekend.

April 19, 2013

Mister Rogers

Let’s face it, it has been an emotional week. Too many lives lost; too many broken hearts. Sadness seemed to consume. We will never understand, nor should we try. But out of everything, the bombings in Boston, the explosions in West and the inevitable deaths that followed both, came bravery, courage and faith. It seems now compassion and sympathy has made its way to the hearts that need them most. An entire nation, again, has risen to another heinous challenge. Somehow, together we always persevere. I loved when President Obama quoted Hebrews 12:1, “…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” as it truly depicts our next steps cohesively—politicians, citizens and runners alike. (Refer to Jeremiah 29:11 if you don’t believe me.)

This weekend will most likely be full of meditation, longs runs and deep breaths. My dear friend, Mikey, who ran the marathon on Monday is safe and sound and I appreciate all of the texts of concern I received for his safety. You can read his story here.

I leave you with words from one of the wisest men I knew (not personally).

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
— Mister Rogers

You can see a few other links to fully support this statement on my Acts of Kindness page. (Another tragedy in and of itself came when I woke up early yesterday morning to run and watch an episode of Mad Men, as I am that consumed. It was the episode that depicts the end of 1963, the shooting in Dallas and the assassination of JFK. I began crying about a man who died 50 years ago. True basketcase.)

So for now, have a safe and blessed weekend.

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