Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Heart Goes Out to the Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing

I think the photo above is the cover of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated.  As it says in the title box of my blog above "the life and times of the technology editor of Dental Products Report…".  So this post is about life...
Our lives here in the U.S. changed again on Monday, which was Patriot's Day in Boston.  We hadn't seen much as far as danger since 9-11.  I mean, sure we've all seen things change, increased security in lots of places, etc, but we hadn't really *felt* that awful in the pit of your stomach dread and sympathy for a very long time dealing with our own country.  We've felt it about other places in the world, but not here for quite some time.
I have several friends in Boston.  Fortunately none of them were in the immediate vicinity of the explosions.  However, many people were… lives changed forever in an instant.  To those individuals and their loved ones, my heart and prayers go out to you.  There is such a feeling of emptiness and helplessness inside me.  I wish I could do something to help ease what you are going through.  I know that there isn't, but I do wish there was.
I know the people of the good town of Boston will come out of this strong and joined together against whatever nutty ideology can endorse the killing of innocent civilians and children.
Life is so fragile and we often fool ourselves into thinking it isn't.  We think there will always be another tomorrow, more time to do the things we should  instead of the things that get in the way.  If there can be a silver lining to this, let it be that we learn to hug, love, appreciate, enjoy.  
  • Hug the ones you love & let them know how truly important they are to you.
  • Love the ones close to you.  Let your co-workers, your neighbors, the staff at the coffee shop know you love them.  Not just because they do things for you, but because they are in your life and your life is better because they are in it.
  • Appreciate the things you have and the blessings God has given you.  Be grateful for your blessings and be thankful for the little things that really are important but that we all take for granted.
  • Enjoy every step, every hug, every giggle, every gentle touch…  At the end of every day, take a few minutes to reflect on those things you were blessed to be a part of.  

I'm so sorry for all those affected by this tragedy.  Now if we can take something awful like this and make ourselves better to each other and ourselves because of it, then perhaps the idiots that do these things will see their actions work in exactly the opposite way they hope and then maybe, just maybe, these kind of things will stop...

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