Last night there were two explosions in Boston, Massachusetts at the end of the annual Marathon. These were people who have trained for months, most of whom were raising money for charities close to their hearts. They and the spectators at the scene did not deserve this attack.
Instantly Twitter began to do what it does well – pass on live information. I’m not going to comment on whether people should or shouldn’t have been tweeting pics of injured people or the fact that within in seconds there were fake BostonMarathon twitter accounts set up to con people out of money.
Most noticeable in my timeline was love, compassion and horror that something like this had happened again. Amazingly (in my TL at least) there were no rash accusations of who may have been responsible.
But what I also noticed was people’s sadness and despair that things like this prevent ordinary people from going about their lives doing things they love. Going places they want to. Worrying about the future of the world for their children to inherit.
Last night I tweeted that “there is still much more good and love in this world than bad and hate”
I do genuinely believe that.
And clearly so does he ^^
There are many people who can do nothing about this latest incident.
But we can prove that there is more love than hate in the world very easily. It doesn’t cost anything. Just be kind to each other.
Today on twitter I encouraged people to practice at least one Random Act of Kindness. ( you can see here @apluckyheroine and use the #RAK)
This is not a new thing. There are books and websites and even a film about the idea.
But it costs nothing and can make a big difference to the person on the receiving end.
And it proves that there is still love, compassion and kindness in the world.
So today tell someone they look nice, hold that door open a little longer, let someone infront of you in a queue. Hell, pay for the person’s coffee if you can! Buy a sandwich for a homeless person if you pass them regularly. Make someone a cup of tea without asking them. Carry someone’s shopping to their car for them.
The list is infinite and you might just make someone’s day a little better.
I’m not so naive to believe this will change the world and will stop atrocities.
But it will make your world an immediately nicer place. Just for taking a few minutes out of your day to help someone else.