Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Shoveled The Finish Line?

Boston Police Department Twitter feed, January 28, 2015. 
The great Blizzard of 2015 may have been a bust for New York, but it lived up to the hype for New England. The east coast got pummeled with snow and flooding. Most people heeded the weather warnings and were tucked in their homes, French Toast Kits (milk, bread, eggs) ready.  The roads in Boston were snow covered and icy under two feet of snow, eerily quiet. No hustle. No bustle. 

Except, for one stretch across Boylston Street, the Boston Marathon Finish Line. The site of 2013's terror attack was clear of snow and the Finish Line could be seen clearly. A stranded hotel guest watched a man shovel the Line clear and snapped pictures from high above and the virtual hunt was on to figure out who shoveled the Finish Line. 

This small, but symbolic act was done without fan fare. There are no duck faced selfies while shoveling posted across social media. One man decided that the Line should be cleared, showing the neighborhood that no matter what, Boston was still strong. Power outages, blizzards or terrorist attacks, it didn't matter. 

The man who shoveled is a bartender named Chris Laudani for a place called Back Bay Social Club, down the street from the Finish Line.  I have never met him and it has been years since I was in Boston, but I assure you, if I were in town, I would buy him a beer. A simple gesture to thank him for shoveling. I can't help but compare this small act to a quote by coaching great, John Wooden - "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."

Laudani's snow shoveling shows that one person can make a difference; that one small act can snowball into a greater series of actions.

What have you done today to make a difference?

Back Bay Social Club bartender, Chris Laudani shoveling the Finish Line. 

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