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Across the home of the Bean, if not much of the country, the Boston Marathon bombings’ anniversary sparked much reflection on the responses of many people. Yes, a showing of the “strong” among bystanders and many first responders — and something else, perhaps a little less visible than those repeated images, but no less real.


The resilience of individuals, fused into a community caring for one another. While made up of single acts that were sometimes unflinching natural reactions or showing unusual grace, these became shared, and not unique, building upon one another to eventually reclaim the finish line, as was said.


In a column April 15 trumping jargon, branding, and anyone jumping aboard the self-promotional wagon, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen wrote:

We have been in commemoration mode for weeks now, and there’s still another week to go until the Marathon, and I still can’t figure out if this is good, bad, or just plain necessary.

Is it too much? Too little? Is there a right way to recognize a terrible wound, a wound that is as psychic as physical?

“Optimism is at the center of resilience,” an expert in trauma recovery told Cullen. As well as connectedness.


Something powerful to think about in the days ahead. Click here to view a special commemorative section in The Boston Globe.

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