Heavy Boots: Thoughts on Boston Marathon Tragedy

Today’s events jar me to my core and fuel the hunger for peace more than ever. There are no words that will ever allow me to wrap my head around the destruction of innocent lives through senseless violence. But it continues to plague this world. Sick, twisted individuals destroying the lives of thousands in a few seconds. It is absolutely horrific and causes my heart the deepest kind of pain.

I remember sharing my thoughts on the Newtown tragedy a few months ago. The post was titled “Heavy Boots.” Here I sit, such a short time later, with heavy boots once again. Here I sit, yet again, trying to rationalize the unimaginable. And here I am, again, reminded of the great responsibility we have as a human race.

I think of the family members and loved ones of those who lost their lives. I think of those who had no choice but to amputate limbs, those who will never walk or run again after working so hard to reach such a treasured goal. I think of all the survivors who will hear the explosion in their heads for the rest of their lives. Tragedy trickles out destroying millions of lives in a mighty wave. Justice may come but it does not change what has happened. And there is no guarantee that the violence will end here. The randomness is terrifying.

So many questions rise out of the rubble. Why. How. Why would someone do this? How can we explain to our children that this is the world they are growing up to live in? There is no simple road but we must do what we can.

Right now, there is only love. We must spread love like wildfire. We can honor the heroes that helped the second tragedy struck. We can hug our families and our friends and be thankful that we are still here, we are alive, we are breathing to see another day. We can weep for those lost and vow to never forget. And we can slowly began to heal and vow to fight the darkness with light.

Sending out so many prayers and waves of love. It is days like today I feel so small but know it’s the litte things that create change.

I ended my Newtown post a few months back with the following quote. Its truth remains.

“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love will prevail. Join that movement.