What a week…

Ashley Babbitt

What a week it has been. Sending positive energy and vibes to anyone in need.

The bombings in Boston on Monday have certainly shown that during times of crisis, we as a people can come together. It’s nice to see, yet unfortunate it takes a tragedy for it to surface. In no way do I want to discredit this empathy we are showing – it truly is wonderful – I guess it’s just a nice little fantasy in my head that people should show compassion and humanity to one another around the clock.

Hats off to those brave folks who have helped out throughout this situation in Boston, and those who are continuing to help out as more is unfolding as I write this. First responders, by-standers, the National Guard members, medical staff … anyone who has a helping hand in the care and safety of those afflicted gets a big thumbs up.

The explosion in West, Texas on Thursday certainly has had me concerned as well. I hadn’t heard about it until about 6:30 a.m. as I was heading out the door. My father lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and just before I closed the door to leave I heard on the TV, “Explosion in West Texas.” – I thought, “Oh no. Well, I’ll find out more soon, but at least it’s not near Dad.” Wrong. It turns out West is the name of the town, and is actually not too far – about an hour – from my father. He’s fine of course, but boy – what a misleading town name. The positivity and love mentioned above is no doubt directed toward all the folks down in Texas affected by this explosion as well.

Syria is also on my mind. There are way too many people hungry, without water, women and children being raped and beaten. Those who survive will have a long road ahead of them after experiencing such horror, that’s for sure. It is heartbreaking. I sincerely hope these individuals will receive the post-trauma counseling necessary to continue with life after such brutality. Things of this nature are – of course- a domestic issue as well, and I extend the same hopes of vitality to all who have endured – or are enduring – such situations.

My thoughts are with the thousands without shelter after the earthquake that rocked the Middle East on Tuesday. At least 35 people were killed and an estimated 150 injured in Pakistan, and one death has been reported in Iran. Pakistani soldiers are helping with the relief effort and have been distributing food, blankets and medicine. I hope those folks get taken care of soon.

I am thinking of our service men and women around the world. As the weather warms up, the attacks in Afghanistan will only increase. For those who have served, are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice – thank you.

Maybe you’ve been down because your beloved pet has passed away. Maybe you’re bummed because the only milk you have to put in your coffee expired far too long ago. Maybe you’re just down about the cloudy weather. Regardless – chin up. This world is filled with gentle, caring individuals – even though it may not seem like it all the time.

Shawn, thank you for watering the plants. It also served as a reminder for me to water the plant on my desk. Kevin, thanks for helping me fix the time on my computer. That whole seven varying times thing was throwing off my day, but now I’m good to go. You know, sometimes it’s just the little things.

I suppose to sum up what’s on my mind today, there is a lot going on in the world… there always is. Horrible things happen… they always will. I like to think the good outweigh the bad, the caring outshine the callous. It’s certainly not a perfect place, and it never will be, but healing thoughts to anyone feeling down and out.