I didn’t write anything after the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. I was in shock, stunned, and horrified by the events. Every time I thought about the images shown, I got chills, and I forced myself to turn off the TV after an hour or so of being glued to the news.
I know myself – I get way too down from watching such awful news. I felt like I had just written about Newtown. And with so much of this bad news, I feel hopeless. Even as a runner.
Yes, I went running this past week. Yes, I wore a running shirt on Tuesday. But it doesn’t feel like enough.
I am also a teacher, and a blogger with a writing voice, and at times like these, they are my most helpful tools.
I do know that as a teacher, I feel a strong need to educate children (and adults) about peace, and understanding others, and how to care for others. I work to teach children how to talk to others, how to use manners, and how to respect other people by listening and learning different points of view.
I do know that as a blogger I can write thoughts and reactions, but also can write ways to help and get others to think about ways to help.
I do know that as a runner, I will keep running. These events will not stop me, or millions of others from running, or living their lives in big cities and small towns.
We don’t know why these two men bombed the marathon, what they are thinking, and what the future brings for our safety. But I know we all need to be proactive. Sure, the news can teach us the events of the world, but what is it helping us do?
Rather than sitting around watching, I want to think ahead, teach peace, and learn about organizations out there that help children learn about peace. I know we can give to Boston – and that’s important – but I want to think big picture here.
Let’s do something – for Boston, for our children, for the future, for peace. Teach your children peace, and learn about and give to organizations that work towards teaching children peace (I’ve listed a few below).
Let’s make change – together.
Check out these links to organizations that teach peace :