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Tell Me Friend - Why Do You Stand Aloof From Your Own Heart?

Monday, April 22, 2013

You hardly need for me to rehash the incredible series of events from the past week. What is perhaps most extraordinary about how Boston has been is that we are still - as of this very moment - 2 hours away from it being a week.

A freakin' week!

It boggles the mind.

Friday was a forced rest day. Why? Because we were in the initial lockdown radius. Looking at a map, we were less than 10 miles away from ALL of it. The Thursday night shootout was within walking distance.

It feels like a movie that you would never believe. It would be incredible, and it would never, ever be greenlighted. Producers would take one look at the script and trash it, saying that an audience would never buy it.

Yet it's all true, from the heroism of ordinary people to the swift response of law enforcement to the overwhelming social media juggernaut that helped with the manhunt to the outpourings of love and support for the injured and the bereaved. Hell, people are even giving money to help David Henneberry buy a new boat.

It is an unpredictable world we live in. I feel it is more beautiful than ugly, righter than wrong, warmer than cold, sweeter than bitter, kinder than cruel.

On Saturday, we were already planning to run a 5K. Now we will still do that, at 10 AM. And then, at 2 PM, my husband and I will run The Last Mile. I hope the Hoyts come with us.

It is so easy to stop, yanno? It is easy to let stress and despair and fear lock us not only in our homes but lock our spirits away.

Run, crawl, walk or wheel that last mile with me, will you? Do it for the child in this picture, Martin Richard. For Krystle Campbell, for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and for Lingzi Lu.

Do it for Jeff Bauman, and Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, and Patrick and Jessica Downes, and Boston Police Officer Dic Donohue.

Do it for yourself, and for love and hope and justice and mercy and goodness and freedom and kindness and charity and any other wonderful things you can think of, the things that make life worth living, and that make and keep this world beautiful.

Do it for peace.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAROLISCIOUS 4/23/2013 8:46PM

    Doing a 5K Sat morning...definitely with Boston on my mind. Our town had a run yesterday specifically to raise money for Boston...really sad that I didn't know about it.

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    Fitting tribute. Healing run-walk-crawl. Skillful words.

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PHEBESS 4/22/2013 9:01PM

    It's so so sad, so unbelievable, and it was such a pointless act on the bombers' parts.

And yes, I will walk that Last Mile with you - well, maybe 12 hours earlier, but still.


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DDOORN 4/22/2013 2:47PM

    Such sorrow all the way around, including even for the perpetrators. How the world can warp persons toward such, so sad.

But yes, one foot ahead of the other, we move forward as best we can!

Locally we have our Binghamton Bridge Run coming early one & only official 5K...will keep Boston, victims & perpetrators in mind!


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MS.ELENI 4/22/2013 2:14PM

    How scary that must have been. I am glad you are safe. emoticon

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QUAIL75 4/22/2013 1:58PM

    It's been very surreal. My gym is a block from Copley Square and that's where I take the T to or did until last week. I was in that area at least twice a day and while it's still cordoned off, streets are starting to open. It was nice to see the Duck Boats back in front of the Shaw's on Huntington yesterday, instead of the National Guard.

After all the horrific events of this past week, the importance of family and friends has definitely been reinforced as you never know what might happen. It has shown the fragility of life but also the beauty, compassion and strength that people show.

I'm so glad they caught the second suspect so now we can start to heal.

I'll see you at the Last Mile on Saturday! emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 4/22/2013 1:50PM

    You said that so well. I was just typing a request for the 5K I was planning on doing before my knee issues. I still wanted to participate, but I was starting to become less intent on it. Until the "Run for Boston" mantra I started to hear. I am litteraly, while you were posting this, working on a rough draft of a sign I am hanging for work essentially saying what you said and asking people to support the spirit in which I plan on running, walking, or hobbling, by making a donation to One Fund Boston. You rock!

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