Days of Discordance.

Many words have been spoken, written, and electronically shared about the bombing at the end of yesterday’s Boston Marathon.  Anger, sadness, and fear have accompanied gruesome photos taken at the scene.  In contrast, there have been some thoughtful sentiments offered in light of this tragedy. It is likely that you have seen at least some of them, but in the event that you haven’t, check them out.

From George Takei’s Facebook page, his status yesterday:

When tragedies strike, heroes rise to meet the challenge: the first responders seen sprinting toward the blast site, the runners who changed course to run to local hospitals to donate blood, and the fine citizens of Boston who at once opened their homes to marathoners in need of a place to stay. When we come together, we cannot be brought down.

Also, check out his blog.

Here is Patton Oswalt’s reaction on Facebook.

From both of them, we learn through a horrible event how many fantastic people are out there willing to run toward the chaos to help.  For those people, and for the EMTs or First Responders, we are grateful.

Parker Palmer encourages us to think about what we have that we appreciate, and what can we do with it to improve our circumstances?

Today, Boston Art Museums opened their doors with free admission, suggesting a museum could be a“place of respite” at this time.  For some people, music can offer a similar respite.

Yes, horrible things happen in the world. In addition to the three deaths resulting from the Boston Marathon bombing, many more perished in Iraq due to bombs there, and in Somalia, due to a bomb there. So many people, civilians and military personnel alike, die in conflicts.  I am not advocating any kind of sugar-coating reality. I merely suggest living life as fully as possible, despite the fear, while we still have the chance to do so. Help others, honor those who have done good deeds as well as memorialize those who have died because of the cruel actions of others. Recognize the warning signs early in those who might do harm to others, so we may help them change their course.

Contemplate Palmer’s reflection, and consider Rumi’s words:

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

Let us do what we can to make music, dance, write, paint, draw, enjoy what we can, and help others to better their lives while enriching ours, and building trust. May we come together with others to do whatever we possibly can do to improve this world together. I hope that, someday, we will get closer to 8-year-old Martin Richard’s plea:  No more hurting people. Peace.

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