As I watched the news of yesterdays bombings at the Boston Marathon, like everyone else, I was furious that something like that happened. For 99% of us, something like this is incomprehensible. However, to the less than 1% that are radicals, I guess this is just another day. I couldn't help but think that somewhere in a room, there was a group of people talking about the success of what they had just done. As the count of the injured rose, they became more pleased with their attack. I learned a few years back that it doens't do any good to try and figure out how people can think like that. How they could go out and intentionally kill people, including an 8 year old child. I think what I learned is to focus on the 99% of the other people in the world who don't think in the way that these terrorists do. The goal is to tear people apart and create chaos here. I think that coming together, as a community, all across America is about the only thing we can do. I think that people have stopped trying to go out of their way to help each other. Everyone's concern has turned towards money and now it is uncommon for folks to do nice things for people anymore. Unless it has a direct benefit to them, they don't want any part of it. I guess that is why Vitality is so special to me. It's different when you walk in these doors, it's like a whole different world. People go out of their way to help each other here, they cheer for other people's small victories and they feel the pain of each other's defeats, both in and outside the gym. As a gym, we have gone through quite a bit together and I really think that is why we are such an amazing community. Do you ever ask yourself why there can't be other communities like this one? I am not just talking about CrossFit, I am talking about everything. Maybe there are, but I haven't seen them. It still shocks people that come in here and meet people and find out how nice everyone is. To me, that's crazy. It should be shocking if they went somewhere and people were rude, but unfortunately, that is now the norm in my opinion. Everyone seems to be in a hurry, and I definitely fall into this category. We all have somewhere to be and something to do. I used to have no problems picking up hitchhikers or stopping to help someone push their car out of the road when it ran out of gas but now I find myself always on the go and I have an excuse for everything. The excuses need to stop, for all of us. We need to make time for each other and help when we can, not just when it's convenient.
I saw this posted by CrossFit 77 and I am stealing it. I won't get into what I think about the news and how skewed their reports are…that is a different topic all together and I doubt Jess will give me the approval to rant on that. She is usually the one that makes sure I stay politically correct and not affend anyone….as you know that is such a huge concern of mine:) Anyway, these are some moments that will reaffirm your belief that there actually are some amazing people out there.
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