Boston

It looked unreal.  As they showed the video, over and over, the bombs exploding people running from it, first responders running towards it ~

Not

Real.

Except of course it was.

And it seemed like it was the kind of thing that happens somewhere else, not here, over there where there’s a war and bombs are part of the daily expectations.

Not

Here.

Except of course it was here, and not the first time either.

It creates an ache inside me, the heaviness of sorrow with no place to go.

“We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad.”
~~ John Green

Some people let the sadness turn to anger in one quick flash, lashing out at whoever-they-already-hate, at whoever-might-be-responsible.  And that makes me sadder.

Often, we’re afraid to feel the sadness, afraid that it will be unbearable.  But feelings just are, and the more we fight them, the more difficult it is.  And really, it is as the poet says ~

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
~~ Kahlil Gibran

My thoughts are in Boston today, with the people injured, with the runners and their families, with the people who died and their loved ones.  If the good in the world is to outweigh the bad, it’s up to us ~ the survivors, the witnesses ~ to make that true.

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6 thoughts on “Boston

  1. gilgamesh0391

    When I watched a video of the marathon finish, my heart turned over when I saw a runner, some distance from the explosion source, fall and struggle, hit by flying shrapnel. How can this happen? How can someone do this? was my first thought.

    Every day recently there have been bombs in, for example, Iraq. Many killed in each explosion. We haven’t seen videos of those bombs, but they are just the same in their effect, killing, maiming, traumatising many people, all with families, children, friends who will be deeply affected. Easy to say it’s madness; but this does not help. One thing that certainly will help is to release any feelings of anger and resentment from our own hearts. Then at least we can never spread it.

    I enjoy reading Kahlil Gibran but I have not understood the passage you quote.

    Reply
    1. sofia Post author

      Yes, it was shocking and horrible to watch. And I, too, thought about people in countries where this happens often, and how easily we ignore that because it’s not close, because it’s not “us,” or for whatever reason we use to distance ourselves from it. We take our privilege for granted too often.

      When you say:
      “I enjoy reading Kahlil Gibran but I have not understood the passage you quote.”
      Do you mean you used to not understand or you still don’t? Just curious. This passage is from my favorite part of his book The Prophet.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      Reply
  2. Suzanne

    Thanks for writing about this. I think just about everyone in New England knows someone who was running in the Marathon or if not, someone who has a connection to it. I enjoyed your post 🙂

    Suzanne

    Reply
    1. sofia Post author

      Hi, Suzanne,

      Thank you for reading and for commenting.

      I know that tragedies like this are more difficult the closer you are to them, the more people you know that are touched by it. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you ~ the victims, the survivors, and their families and friends.

      Reply

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