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Tuesday, April 16, 2013



Yesterday we woke, we saw the sun rise, and we attended to whatever we were meant to do. It was Patriots Day and I asked myself, do I really need to write my daily blog post? I wrestled with the message, the words, and when I finally hit the publish button, I saw an indelible number – 911. (It was the Google Blogger indicator – yesterday marked 911 published posts written.) That number stopped me; it brought me pause to a flashback of that crystal clear day in September. Only to have but hours later that same numbing feeling as the news broke and life changed forever at the Boston Marathon finish line.

As I write this 912th blog post, I recall that following September day as clearly as 9/11. It was cast as and remembered as the day after (9/12), when our world was rocked and there seemed no sense in the simplest of tasks. But our days somehow moved forward. 

Over the course of the following weeks and months, stories shall be shared and prayers prayed and what cannot and does not make sense, we shall scream why. In this small but illustrious state, we will all know someone truly affected by this tragic day; my own brother and niece included, thankfully safe but truly rattled. 

On days when we feel like throwing the towel in, like yesterday when I considered ditching this daily blog, it’s that one person, a client, a friend or a stranger who says something that makes me continue on. And so it is this continuing that makes us strong. It’s about keeping faith when it seems that maybe our whole world has gone wrong.

 So on this day, April 16th, as we wake, watch the sun rise and attend to whatever we are meant to do, I leave today’s readers with what some often come here for – the inspirational message or quote. It may be deemed politically incorrect but these words by C.S. Lewis are truly profound.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Remember to live, laugh but above all else, love!

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