On Monday our nation experienced once again a tragedy involving the loss of innocent lives, and the wounding of many others. When “bad” things happen we have two choices. We can send love or breed fear. The more shocking and massive the horrific event, the more we are apt to be drawn into the latter of these choices. But we must consider that we always have choice, and that the one we make is immensely important, for ourselves and for the entire planet.
I just read a report of this troubling event. It stated that the sidewalk in front of the house of the 8 year old boy who lost his life said, “Peace.” How profound. Clearly a choice for love over fear. Let us all know that at this moment, and in every moment, we can send love, prayers of support, healing, and hope for those who have suffered and for their families. Let us all try to make the tough choice of sending love over the easy one of breeding fear. If we cannot reach for love because we are just too triggered, let us ask for the strength not to descend further into the darkness of hate, revenge, punishment, and fear. Let us try to see the bigger picture where there are no victims, but wounds to heal and hearts to soften.
Let us understand that “bad things” do not happen to “good people.” In fact, things happen and our invitation is not to judge, but to understand. To be part of the loving solution, not the fear-based problem. May Boston heal. May the families of those hurt and lost know that the mandate for “Peace” is louder than ever.