All the good in the world

This morning we woke to  another tragedy. In all the news stories, however, the statistics are the same – one bad person and hundreds of good people.

Remember that when you are feeling depressed – when there were people in need, despite the danger, dozens and dozens of strangers did not run away, they turned up to help.

I suggest that the appropriate response to any terror attack like the one in Manchester last night is to be kind to as many people as you can. So, go out and smile at a stranger today, or buy someone a coffee, or make a donation to charity, or tell someone you care… let’s make the world a brighter place.

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  1. Laurie Graves

     /  May 23, 2017

    So true! Love those hearts. And speaking of hearts…my heart goes out to Manchester and England.

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  2. Beautifully written, it’s been a hard day to concentrate on anything really

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  3. Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes the world seems so dark. Your blog is always a spot of brightness. 🙂

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    • I always try to remember that when the news on the TV is filled with horror that it’s only ‘some news’ and that the real world is full of good people and good news… and we can make some of that ourselves.

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  4. You are so right, every tragedy brings out the best in everyone else. I like how you look at it. The hearts are wonderful too. There has been no other news here today other than what happened in Manchester. These crazy people love all the publicity and I hate that they get it.

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  5. I fail to see what anyone accomplishes by making these attacks. The people doing them aren’t getting any political message across; they’re just being thugs.

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  6. Three cheeers for the Snail! so true. I just feel sad, I took my youngest there to see Muse when he was a young teenager, we stayed in a hotel close by. It is one of the highlights of his childhood, to have had that memory taken away from the youngsters and their parents last night is so sad. But we can’t let one loser effect the rest of us, we must hang onto the kindness of the people who openned their homes, the hotel which provided shelter and the taxi drivers who got people to safety and reunited people with their families, to say nothing of the proffessionals who run towards danger and the hospital staff who gave up their time off. We have one loser and the human race who gained. My sympathy goes to those who lost friends and relaltives and to wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured physically and mentally. Speak gently my dears….

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  7. PS, and now for something completly different. Those hearts are gorgeous and I was wondering if you have the pattern please if I might use it, I have promised to make some bunting for my sons wedding in July. I am going to sew the standard triangles but I like the idea of a crochet heart banner. Thanks. Quite understand if this isn’t possible.

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  8. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  May 23, 2017

    Wise words. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those on Manchester today. Cannot imagine the heart break being felt there today

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    • All those young people whose wonderful evening was shattered are in my thoughts, not to mention the parents whose children will never come home. I’m so pleased, though to hear of all the kindness and compassion in Manchester right now.

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  9. ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ (Edmund Burke) This is a case where good people are doing something, and their actions speak far louder than the evil.

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  10. I’m so sorry about the attack. You reminded me of the Boston Marathon bombing where the same thing happened–people ran toward it to help. And like in France, people offered their homes. Yes, we can all be kinder, but goodness people do step up and step in, don’t they? Lovely hearts. I’m going to learn crochet in a couple years…

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    • We know Boston well and so the bombing there really shocked us. We went to a concert at the arena in Manchester ourselves a few years ago and thinking about it makes me feel quite sick. Such tragedies happening in familiar places make them feel so close to our lives. All we can do, though, is behave well ourselves and give support to those affected.
      I wish I was there to do some crochet with you… maybe one day!

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  11. Beautifully said and so true. I love your crochet hearts and I love the heart residing in your chest. I’ve mentally placed myself in the shoes of the parents a time or two today. It’s hard to imagine going on from such a devastating loss. The young woman performing that night was only 23. This will be devastating for her, too. Sending light and love across the miles.

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    • I’ve been shocked to discover that the daughters of one of my cousins and the daughters of a friend were there at the concert. They are all safe and well, but it makes the whole thing feel even closer. I really feel completely bewildered by the desire to end so many young lives and I cannot begin to image the long-term effect on the survivors and relatives of the victims.

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  12. Thank you so much for the link.

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  13. Spread the love…it’s the only way to make a difference in this world

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  14. What a great, thoughtful post. Reading this, and all the responses it provoked, really does inspire hope. Here’s wishing you all the best for your event tomorrow!

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    • Thank you… and did you see, Manchester is adopting the bee as a symbol of their resilience?

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      • I didn’t! But what an excellent choice. 🐝

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      • I saw that about the bee, and posted an image on facebook, along with my own take on responding to this and similar challenges. Nothing new, of course, and it’s all been said better by so many, but I felt I had to speak out. I like that, despite having short lives, bees work hard and add so much sweetness to the world. Even a little light goes so far, doesn’t it? Thanks for your inspiring posts. ~ Linne

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  15. Did you also hear about the initiative started on Facebook and Instagram? Many of us are crocheting lots of hearts to hang up around the arena in Manchester. The hashtag is #aheart4mcr if anyone is interested in joining in!

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