My Response to the Boston Marathon Explosion: A Peaceful ROARMari Hernandez-Tuten
That person’s comment resonates with me because I also feel anger as I read news bits like this, “It came out of nowhere. … I saw dismemberment, I saw blood everywhere. People are badly injured.” (Boston.com Silva) Some days the evil in this world is overwhelming. Believe me, as a counselor I have heard lots of awful horror stories and I walk away feeling the weight of the depravity that surrounds me. But in the midst of it all I have to look for glimpses of hope in order to survive. I have to find beauty in the little things. I have to be the change I want to see in the world.
I am not a hateful person, but when innocent people are hurt, deep feelings of frustration that usually lie dormant within me are awakened. I think of how these innocent people belong to someone. They are someone’s mom, dad, brother, baby sister, aunt, cousin, grandma…. I must admit in these moments I feel emotions that I’m not even aware ever resided in me. You know those type of emotions that lie deep within one’s being. They shock your very core as they scream to come out.
Some days the only way to find comfort is when you let out a ROAR. I’m a pretty peaceful and steady person so my roar isn’t violent. My roar sometimes take the form of: Weeping. Praying. Problem solving. Jogging. Silence. Listening. Endless questions… as I wrestle with God.
Today, as your soul wrestles with the questions that have been awakened by this tragedy, don’t let your roar add to the evil that is already in this world. What we need is to counteract it with a peaceful roar. If we want to change the world it needs to start right here. Right now. On my knees. Stop and pray, my friends.
Let your ROAR take a peaceful form. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world!
My family’s ROAR, in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy is to stop and pray. Join me friends. For those of you who are looking for ways to talk to your kids about this tragedy here’s a video that maybe helpful to you as parents.
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