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Triumph Amid the Terror

It started with a spreadsheet. A document with a simple title: “I have a place to offer.” There are emails, phone numbers, and hundreds of messages. Apparently, people in the Boston area are signing up to help those displaced by the marathon explosions. The messages I read were a testament to the solidarity of Bostonians:

“I don’t live in the city, but can come get anyone who needs a place to stay.”

“Space for one person on a pull-out couch,”

“I will pay for the taxi ride from wherever.”

“You ran right by my house, Beacon & Tappan.”

“We have a spare bedroom. But we also have a cat just in case you have allergies.”

“Can offer long term place for family with someone in the hospital.”

“I just made soup!”

The last message, the one about soup, really struck a chord in me.

I envisioned a person preparing soup in his kitchen, eagerly awaiting to help those hurting for food and shelter. What a beautiful act of love. The way I see it, this Google form is more than just a spreadsheet, a list of names. It’s an illustration of perfect strangers opening their hearts to those in need. A bed, a hot shower, a home cooked meal . . . It’s the little things that help the healing process. It’s stories like this that restore my faith in humanity.

There is still good amid terror. The human spirit is still alive. Resilient.

At noon on Tuesday, over put their personal information on the internet for everyone to see. For the world to see that this act of cowardice will not crush the people of Boston. Nor, will it crush the belief of Americans. We will pledge togetherness. We will stay strong. We will keep running the race.

About Anka

Spent forty grand on a journalism degree just to learn that truth is stranger than fiction. Now I spend my days changing diapers and eating bon bons. If you're looking for a place to commiserate, then come join me at keepingitrealmom.com. It's kind of like a playdate, but for grown ups.

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37 Responses to “Triumph Amid the Terror”

  1. Thank you for sharing this with readers outside the US. I’ve been watching the news all week which has focused on the terrorists and the horrific scenes endlessly reshowing the blasts with scant coverage of the heartwarming acts of kindness that give us hope in times of trouble. The comfort of strangers is not to be underestimated.

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 6:14 am
    • Yes, unfortunately, the media does tend to focus on all the negative gory details in the wake of any tragedy. I had to dig deeper on the internet to discover that such a document exists. It truly brought tears to my eyes to learn that perfect strangers were opening their homes to those displaced. Hope all is well in your world my friend!

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:53 am
  2. Just shows the power people have when they all pull together. Great post

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 6:24 am
    • You’re right. There is so much power and healing when people come together. Thanks for sharing!

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:42 am
  3. Great post Anka! A focus on the good, the willing to help and to give. It is important we focus on this.

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 6:31 am
    • I think that’s the only way I can process this recent tragedy, is by focusing on the good. It’s so easy to stay angry during times like these. Thanks for sharing, Colleen.

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:43 am
  4. this act of cowardice will not crush the people of Boston. Nor, will it crush the belief of Americans. We will pledge togetherness. We will stay strong. We will keep running the race.
    AMEN!

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 6:43 am
    • Diane, I already know you believe in the resilient human spirit. Your posts emanate with hope and faith for brighter days. Always good to hear from you my friend! :)

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:50 am
  5. I just made soup, I love that! Oh, that we should all be ready with soup for someone who needs it!

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 7:05 am
    • Oh, I love to cook soup too! Curious as to what kind of soup you cooked? And yes, we should all be ready to serve anyone in need a bowl of soup or a piece of bread!

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:45 am
  6. Wow! I had not heard about this Google form! That is absolutely amazing and inspiring! It truly doesn’t take money to put a smile on someone’s face and help them out. Generosity in the form of kindness is the best!

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 9:56 am
  7. The power of human kindness will always outlive the power of the sword. Great post Anka. God Bless you and yours.

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 10:17 am
    • Lovely line, “the power of human kindness will always outlive the power of the sword.” You’re absolutely right. For every evil act there are a dozen more kind acts. May God bless you and your family as well, Nelson.

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:48 am
  8. Boston is a great city. It is so wonderful to see everyone outside, walking the streets (be them lined with Police and military) without fear. With time, Boston will heal

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 10:55 am
    • It sounds like you are quite familiar with Boston. Clearly, this city has remained strong and united in the face of such horror. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:29 am
  9. it’s so uplifting to think that where there can be great evil, there can also come a flood of kindness. Beautiful post and so well said. xxxxx

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 10:56 am
    • You captured the sentiment so perfectly, “there can also come a flood of kindness.” I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes a little good goes a long way, especially in this instance. Hope all is well in your world today!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:38 am
  10. Thanks for reminding us that when there is a need, good people will respond !

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 12:33 pm
    • It’s amazing indeed to see the outpouring of support for the victims of the bombings. Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well in your world today!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:31 am
  11. It’s remarkable how resilient our humanity is. You are so right – we just keep running. Lovely post.

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 1:37 pm
    • Yes, the human spirit is indeed resilient. I’m so thankful that the city of Boston can rest a little easier now. They are on the mend.

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:33 am
  12. A great post, Anka. During this kind of moments we need to believe in the good side of people. Let’s focus on that.

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 2:33 pm
    • I agree, Ute. Sometimes it’s better to focus on the good amid all the darkness. We need to keep our faith alive. Hope all is well in your part of the world my friend!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:35 am
  13. It’s beautiful how people come together in times like this Anka! thank you for sharing this with us, it’s so sad what happened, from Canada, we heard the news later that evening and I was very saddened by this ugly action.

    Posted by | April 17, 2013, 8:53 pm
    • Ingrid, it was a horrific event indeed. The city of Boston is on the mend now. They seem to be an amazingly resilient group of people. Hope all is well in your world today my friend!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:41 am
  14. Great post, full of hope, full of love, full of compassion! It is so heartwarming to see so many people reaching out instead of retreating during a very traumatic time…a time when it would be completely understandable if they chose to retreat.

    Posted by | April 18, 2013, 11:25 am
    • You make a good distinction. People could’ve very easily retreated back to their own worlds, ran away from the blast, ran away from the victims. But instead, they chose to run towards those in need. It’s truly a remarkable account of the human spirit!

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 12:12 pm
  15. This post struck a chord in me as well.
    Thank you.

    Posted by | April 18, 2013, 11:53 am
    • I guess we both recognize that human spirit is still alive. Still strong. Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted by Anka | April 18, 2013, 11:56 am
  16. I just wonder why it takes tragedy for humanity to come out. I don’t see it evidenced that often otherwise. This warms the heart…but evidently begs a question from me. Great post Anka…I am thinking!!

    Posted by | April 19, 2013, 8:09 am
    • Charron, you bring up a valid point. It seems that people don’t open their hearts or homes till there is some sort of tragedy. I, too, wish that was the norm instead of the exception. Have a lovely southern California weekend my friend!

      Posted by Anka | April 19, 2013, 5:35 pm
  17. So many have shared so much with me and I wish to share as well please accept my nominations and if nothing else know I am grateful for your sharing on your pages with us all and the time you share with me on mine.Thank you!! :) Joe

    Posted by | April 21, 2013, 8:02 pm
    • What wonderful news to wake up to on this Monday morning! Thanks for nominating my blog, Joe. I’ll be sure to stop by shortly and check out the specs!! :)

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:23 am
  18. Great post, Anka. It is true that the media often focuses on the blood and gore. This side of the story is important, too — and humanizes tragedies like these, in my opinion. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by | April 21, 2013, 10:40 pm
    • I agree with you. There’s only so much blood and gore I can’t withstand before I start having nightmares. I need to find the light somehow. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well in your world on this Monday!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 10:22 am
  19. I have nominated you for the Sunshine award- to be written shortly- I have been saving you for this one because you always make me smile

    Posted by | April 22, 2013, 12:29 pm
    • Thanks for the gracious nod to my blog, Melanie! It’s good to know that I make someone smile. The feeling is mutual by the way. I love reading about your life experiences too!

      Posted by Anka | April 22, 2013, 3:19 pm

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