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Boston Marathon – more than a race…a way to overcome tragedy

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
– Albert Einstein

I Have had time to reflect – the Boston Marathon bombing is the motivation for this post but it goes out to all destructive happenings that happen around the world: Terrorism can inflict harm and mayhem into a community and society…but it will never win. It can’t be allowed to win. I will NOT let it win.

Innocence can be lost but it can not be extinguished. When darkness tries to overcome light, it is hit with such intensity that the light is blinding. Sure, the blast from a bomb can cause such an intense light but much like terrorist acts, it is for only a fleeting moment. It is the intensity of the light from those innocent victims, the community that heals and those who emerge stronger that becomes the real and lasting light.

We can not and will not live in fear. For if we live in fear, we have let the terrorist and those who cause destruction to win. Collectively as people, we must continue to go through our daily lives. Yes remember the tragedy; however, we must carry on. Terrorism is to disrupt and cause fear. Let us collect ourselves and shoulder those who have been impacted and walk together in defiance to what has happened. Let the light shine and expose those who cause harm to our society. After all, this happened at a marathon. Marathon means to endure pain, pace yourself and focus on the distance…I will overcome, you will overcome and we all emerge stronger.

Finally, a fitting quote:
Today, we seek to remember that the starting line is wherever we are standing, but the finish is wherever we choose…
Today, we strive to strengthen the most important muscle, the heart…
Today, we will run towards something, and not away from it…
Today, we vow never to run by ourselves, but to always remember those that are running with us, even when we’re alone…
Today, we run not to lose anything, be it weight or finishing time, we run instead to find, to find ourselves…
Today, we run because we choose to…
Today, we focus on the most important step there is, the next one…
Today, we run not to feel free, but because we are free…

And Today, we run on borrowed strength, strength that cannot be killed, for it belongs to none of us. It is not ours to keep, but rather to pass between us, when needed.
By Dan Colameco


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