A Redoubt of Love

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-

All of us have been deeply affected by the tragic events during the Boston Marathon yesterday. We have been shocked by the scenes of utter violence and horror. Our very sense of security has been shaken to nothingness, left cold and vulnerable this day after Patriot’s Day. We worry, we pray for those dealing with heartache, pain and anguish.

I implore each and every one of you reading today, no matter where you may be in this beautiful world … Make a difference by bringing hope back into our lives.

Listen

Each one of us is afforded the opportunity to comfort, reassure, and console. Please listen and lend an empathic ear to the concerns of others (post from yesterday). However you choose to connect, the offering of emotional support to those who have been affected by this event will surely bring help. They may forget your exact words that eased comfort back into their life … They will remember your presence and compassion.

Feel

We are numb after witnessing the violence through various media outlets. Seek out the many stories of resilience and sacrifice. Be inspired by the courage of those who risked their own lives, ran into the fray to help those suffering. This event happened, thoughts and prayers no matter the meaning numb us to the heartache and suffering.

Solace

There is neither a simple nor graceful explanation of this tragic event. However, to help you bring meaning: Become a part of the healing process. Acknowledge the depth of pain and offer your own random acts of kindness today. Smile, hug, kiss, squeeze others to heal and bring comfort. Your actions today will resonate deeply, bringing true meaning to our collective sense of compassion, love and purpose.

Notes:

I am left in tears as I write to you this morning, left bare, vulnerable. Be well today.

CultFit Peace

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13 Comments on “A Redoubt of Love”

  1. I hope to be part of the healing. Thank you. Your words are comfort.

    • CultFit says:

      The last 24 hours have brought to me a wide range of emotions. Elation at having dear, close friends running. Uncertainly, pain and anguish of not knowing if they are safe. Fear of the worst has gripped me this morning. May you be well today friend.

      • I will pray for your friends. For all of the runners. The cheer sections. The city. The country. For everyone who feels this overwhelming sadness. Thank you, and be well also.

  2. Great advice to look for hope and be a beacon of compassion and love in the face of such a tragedy.

  3. Leesah Em says:

    Reblogged this on 30andlearning and commented:
    Agreed. 110%.

  4. Drew26.2 says:

    Shaken yet not defeated. Godspeed.

  5. Rachel Noel says:

    I’ve cried a few times in the past 24 hours. As a mom, and as a human being, my heart breaks for those who are experiencing this directly.

    • CultFit says:

      I’ve experienced the horrors of war, loss and unimaginable sights cloud my memory. Giving a dear friend a hug and wishing her safe travels before Boston was hard enough for this emotional old dude. The very last thing I thought would happen, happened. So tonight, I’m holding the family a bit closer than normal. Be well tonight and please take care.

  6. Thank you for writing this post. My running gals and I put in a couple of miles today, all the while thinking of the runners, spectators, families, friends and people of Boston. The tears were definitely close to the surface. Love, healing and courage to us all.

  7. Yesenia says:

    Beautiful post. I was actually left speechless, not knowing how to talk or acknowledge the situation. One of my best friends live in Boston, and although she is fine, I know she’s hurting for the city she loves. Truly heartbreaking and scary. Thank you for the post and advice. Hope your taking care.

  8. Evie says:

    Beautiful. Was in tears by the end of it myself.


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