In the story of the man in the cowboy hat who ran toward the explosion in Boston while others ran away, I couldn’t help but notice this fact [emphasis mine]:
When his 20-year-old son was killed in Iraq in 2004, Arrendondo was inconsolable. In his agony and rage, he set a van on fire and received help through counseling. Seven years later, his other son committed suicide.
It is pretty inspiring that a man who has gone through so much suffering and who once set a van on fire could do what he did at the Boston Marathon. I can’t help but think the counseling had something to do with it and to see this as an example of the importance of counseling, which is still so under-valued in our society.