Marthon Monday is usually a happy day in Boston. This year it ended in tragedy. I’m so sad that this has happened in our city. On Tuesday, flags were flying at half-mast; I took this picture from the commuter train on my way home from work.
My heart is heavy for the people and families affected on Monday, and this horrifying incident has reminded me, once again, that many, many people live with this sort of terror on a daily basis. I’ve been so sad and exhausted thinking about it. But there is light: in the minutes, hours, and now days since the bombings, the way people have come together in support of Boston, the runners, and the spectators is heartwarming.
I am thinking about how important it is to have compassion for others; to be kind; to work together; to be grateful and gracious; to fill the world with love instead of hate. It’s hard to remember to actively do these things, because the day-to-day can be overwhelming. But the Big Picture is also important:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein