Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thoughts on Boston

I know, two blog posts in less than 24 hours after no posts in 4 months. Forgive me - it's been a crazy 24 hours.

There are many others who have spoken their mind on the events in Boston - Michael and Brad come to mind. Between their blogs and Facebook posts, you can better experience the mental machinations of writers who do this better than me. Even Brad's "No..." on Facebook was more profound than anything I could say. But I will say this, my experience in Iraq taught me that security is an illusion. It's a good illusion because it helps us live our lives out from under the covers, but it's true. Anything can and will sneak up and get you.

I have a rental property. My tenant, a lovely lady in her 50s, died in her sleep last night from a ruptured aneurysm. Just one more example that if they don't get you from the outside, they might get you from the inside.

I always take moments like these to hug loved ones and make sure I'm appreciative for the things I have. You should, too. I am a little perturbed at the folks on Facebook and Twitter who chastise people for re-posting or re-tweeting graphic images. "You should have warned us!" they cry. Well, guess what? The folks on the ground didn't get any warning and it's fair to say they suffered far worse than your psyche. See the images. Internalize them. Remember them. I want you see. You NEED to see. Just don't let them keep you getting out from under the covers.

14 comments:

OhCaptain said...

Well said.

Kat said...

You say they need to see. They say they don't. Who's right? Only each person can know what to choose for themselves...no one can choose for them.

I chose to go spend the evening in nature and in meditation. Was I wrong? Not from my perspective.

Just thinking aloud...

The Sister said...

Well said, my brother. Well said.

Grange95 said...

The image of the runner in the wheelchair with two legs blown off, escorted by a bystander in a cowboy hat who saved his life is one of the most gut-wrenching things I have ever seen. Yet after reading more about the situation, it is also one of the most uplifting examples of humans doing good in the face of terrible evil. I hope never to be confronted with such tragedy, but if I am, I hope I measure up to the moment.

http://www.ibtimes.com/meet-carlos-arredondo-cowboy-hat-wearing-hero-boston-marathon-bombing-1194089#

KenP said...

To change it a bit: Stuff Happens

We don't get through life surrounded by 14 air bag like some car ad promoted.

We can't tell what is in store. But, it really hurts when a very young life is taken or inexorably altered.

As for the tenant, sad but not a bad way to exit compared with others we've seen.

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