Thanks to the Helpers

It’s a horrible irony that our world seems to be getting better at handling the complex emotions following awful tragedies. With the bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday, then the explosion of a Texas fertilizer plant just two days later, we have had to handle—one way or another—the thought of continuing our everyday lives knowing that friends and strangers far and near are mourning losses and overcoming terrors.

Have you noticed how through tragedies like these, people take to social media more and more not only to find out about news (the Boston Globe tweeted an announcement of the bombings long before posting an article to their website) but also to come together to cope as a community?

This shift has spurred a global support to focus on the positive rather than the obvious negatives of these tragedies through social media. A quote from the beloved Mr. Rogers has been floating around social media: “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.'”

Every day at YVC, we hear stories about the helpers. Not all of these helpers are in situations as dramatic as those who ran to help the injured after the bombs exploded in Boston on Monday instead of running to safety, but we believe in these helpers.

We believe that these helpers can change the world, whether they do so in the aftermath of a natural disaster or whether they do it every day by serving their neighbors.

Thank you to all the helpers—the citizens who rush to help the injured instead of running to safety, the first responders whose quick action saves lives, or even the teenager being spurred to action thousands of miles away that organizes a fundraiser to benefit victims.

Thanks for giving the rest of the world a positive story to tell amidst this challenging week.