ten on tuesday.

1. Days like yesterday and the tragedy at the Boston Marathon make me feel quiet. There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said, and there’s certainly nothing I can say to take away the pain. So I just feel quiet, and quiet isn’t a natural state for me. After the devastating, terrified, raging quiet I was left with a thought: it seems that with every tragedy our country goes through there is an increasing focus on the good that comes. The “helpers”, as that now famous quote from Mr. Rogers says, hold our attention. People all over the place are quick to point out the vastly outweighed proportionality of good to evil. And in my quiet I thought that if I were someone hell-bent on destroying the human spirit through terror, that would really put a kink in my tail. Like the Grinch who realizes that the Who’s down in Who-ville will sing no matter what, I might be tempted to throw in the towel and say, “it’s no use! I can’t win!”. And it would be true. Evil can’t win. Goodness is stronger. There are more of us.

And with that, I’m done being quiet. I’m back to shouting from the roof tops that Goodness will always prevail. I am absolutely sure of it.

2. Many of my local friends and clients reached out yesterday to make sure Samantha and her family were safe in Boston. They are. Samantha and her kids spent the morning on the race course that winds right through their town, as they do every year. They are understandably shaken, but safe. Thank you for your love and concern for our sweet friends.

3. On Sunday I bookmarked this article to share with you. Seems even more encouraging now.

4. “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” <—— YES!

5. And speaking of watching a marathon, remember when I confessed to my race antics last week? Here’s the photographic evidence from the Oak Barrel Half Marathon two weeks ago. Don’t laugh.

6. This story might have been a bit overshadowed after yesterday’s events but today marks the 50th anniversary of the writing of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. It is lengthy and labored by love, and was the perfect read to calm my heart this morning. What an amazing, spirit-filled man. “Let us all hope that…in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

7. Craigslist has led me to a beautiful, vintage bicycle built for two. She will become mine this week. In the spirit of celebrating all that’s good in humanity, this baby comes at just the right time.

8. And speaking of all that’s good in humanity, my teeny tiny boy child read The Giving Tree to me this evening all by himself.

9. And speaking of that teeny tiny boy child, I have more t-ball pictures to share this week. Hold on to your hats.

10. Thank you for checking in, friends. Wherever you are, I hope you feel safe and loved.

MomApril 16, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Thank you for being such a loving spirit for so many.

Rachelle SApril 16, 2013 - 7:40 pm

LOVE the race antics photo! : ) Glad your Boston friends are safe and hope you enjoy the new bike!

quietangelsbApril 17, 2013 - 5:31 am

Thanks for some poignant words, reminders and smiles much needed this week.

Christine McApril 17, 2013 - 6:09 am

Thank you for this thoughtful post!

JennyApril 17, 2013 - 6:13 am

Wow, that story on CNN is powerful stuff. Thank you for sharing!

kristinApril 17, 2013 - 6:43 am

Well said, Erin. Well said.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaApril 17, 2013 - 1:07 pm

I agree – Good will always win in the end. Cute post – loved the running pics.

christi in maApril 17, 2013 - 1:13 pm

great blog post
and you inspired me to always wave at the photographer in a race!

tracyApril 19, 2013 - 12:43 pm

You go Erin…love your race pic!! My husband ran Boston last year, we were there with my sister and her husband. Scary! But we do need to be “helpers”, give of ourselves and Goodness Will Prevail!!

SusieApril 23, 2013 - 11:22 am

Great job on your half, Erin! Your final picture is FUN! So glad your friends are safe, too 🙂

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