As a nation we were just rocked by yet another senseless and heartbreaking tragedy. Monday’s bombing in Boston left most of us shaken and emotionally bereft. Acts of domestic terrorism are becoming increasingly common for this country. This latest terrible event has left many of us with a diminished sense of security and a lingering question about the state of humanity.
I too feel angry and along with that anger, a deep sadness for the changes that will come as a result of yet another violent act.
BUT…I have not lost my faith in humanity, not yet.
I see daily acts of kindness among strangers. These are acts of sensible support and inclusion. Each and every day I watch complete strangers offer compassion, comfort and support to each other. I watch as people offer advice, encouragement and congratulations.
I know you must be thinking that I work in an urgent care center or something…but no, I work for a leading debt relief provider.
It seems like a weird setting for such acts of kindness, but they are happening all of the time. As the Social Media Manager for my company, I am constantly watching the conversations taking place among our customers in our online community.
Being open about your debt is a VERY hard thing to do. But in this community and on our Facebook page there is a feeling of camaraderie and support. These people do not judge each other and they are quick to dish out solid advice or just offer a shoulder to lean on. Complete strangers are offering each other a safe environment where it is okay to not be perfect and to have made some mistakes financially.
Job loss and a struggling economy have been taking a toll on us. Most of us aspire to have a lifestyle like what our parents had, but with today’s challenges that is becoming increasingly harder to do. We are facing a reality check about our financial lives and learning a tough lesson about the siren song of credit.
Typically we shoulder these financial burdens alone and struggle.
The people I watch in our community do not struggle alone. In their shared struggle they find the strength and courage to do the hard work; to not take the easy road.
These people are building each other up and providing a resource of shared experience to help reach their financial goals.
Now I realize that this is not on the same level as say running into a burning building…but these acts of kindness and encouragement inspire me.
Daily displays of support motivate me. When I see these people bonding together to face their financial challenges I see hope. This daily display of humanity is what prevents a horrific event like the Boston Marathon bombing to dismantle my sense of faith and hope.
I am a part of the personal finance community and my experiences in this community compel me to believe that people are intrinsically kind. If you are a personal finance blogger than you too know that in this #pf community we seek to raise each other up.
There is strength in our collective mission to empower people financially.
Facing that kind of unity and encouragement fortifies me. When heart-wrenching moments like Monday’s bombing happen I want to remember that I have hope. I want to reach out to my community and shake our collective fist in the face of terror.
Who’s with me?