I'm directly quoting Chris Cuomo, while reporting on CNN from Boston today after a horrific bombing,

"In the face of the worst, we see the best in people."

He's referring to the first responders and bystanders who did everything they could to help those who needed help.  Not just the injured, but the runners, the visiting spectators who didn't know where to go, the children who were frightened. Have you  "risen to the occasion" or witnessed it in others? What does it take to set aside the emotions of the moment and act calmly, professionally, compassionately while chaos is going on around you? 

"My first response was to run over and help those who were injured," said a spectator, covered in blood, who had helped the wounded.

How would you respond in a situation like this? (I hope you'll never have to find out!!) Have you been called on to be "the rock" for those around you during a time of stress or trauma?  No one ever wants to be tested like this, but it helps to be trained and prepared.  It helps to be in touch with your own inner thoughts too. What would you tell yourself in a situation like that? Would you heighten your fear with thoughts of the worst-case scenario, or would you calm yourself down? "Do what you can.  Others need you.  Take care of things and you can fall apart later!  How can I help?"

Thank God we have people brave enough to train for first responder jobs.  We know the stories of 911.  We know the stories of every-day acts of heroism; the off-duty cop who stops a burglary, the fireman who pulls people from a fire.  I know I couldn't do it.  And in my lifetime I hope I don't have to hear about another tragic, purposefully violent act like today, but I know I'll hear about acts of bravery, courage and leadership in the face of chaos.

Let's give our first responders an extra show of appreciation the next chance we get, and think about who we want to be in the face of adversity.