Boston Marathon: B Positive (ft. Rumi)
Posted by danspira
“Trust your wound to a teacher’s surgery.
Flies collect on a wound.
They cover it,
those flies of your self-protecting feelings,
your love for what you think is yours.
“Let a Teacher wave away the flies
and put a plaster on the wound.
Don’t turn your head.
at the bandaged place.
the Light enters you.
“And don’t believe for a moment
that you’re healing yourself.”
My good friend Avi was running the Marathon on Monday, with his family scheduled to meet him at the finish line. Based on his start time and expected running time… well… let’s just say for a while there, a lot of people were frantically texting and Facebook messaging them… waiting for a response. It turns out that Avi made to within a mile of the finish line before he was told to stop. His family was prevented from reaching the finish line too, just in time.
When you ask a marathon runner what their goal is, or how quickly they think they’ll be able to do it, or how they’ll place for their age group, etc. they typically smile and say, “I just want to finish.”
Matthew Bernstein wrote this article in the Boston Globe which looks at what Monday meant for so many “runners” who many now consider themselves “survivors.” He writes,
In the best of circumstances, running a marathon is a punishing experience. But it’s not one we normally associate with survivor guilt. Yet it’s not unimaginable that some runners might feel as if their personal path to fulfillment has been cheated. This should not be confused with selfishness.
Now that the Marathon has been overtaken by grave physical injury and unbearable loss, it may seem beside the point to take full measure of the psychic tragedy suffered by runners and their supporters. It certainly seems too soon. That’s why it’s especially essential for the runners to do whatever possible to preserve the experience as one they can be proud of, even as they recognize that the achievement will always be sullied by the unspeakable.
Yes, it was supposed to be about the process and not the end goal… but yes, it was also about the end goal.
In the past I’ve questioned the kneecap-destroying heroics of marathoners and have wondered, “what are you people trying to prove??” Now I must now reconsider whether that is someone else’s cynical voice that I’ve internalized.
Before the explosions I decided to run a short little 5k course near my house instead of going to the gym… after all, I said to myself, it was a nice day for it. After the blasts and hearing some details of what was going on, I signed up to donate blood platelets…after all, I said to myself, it’s the right thing to do and I could get some work done while doing it. Yup, I’ve definitely internalized a cynical voice if I was unwilling to admit that, in fact, I felt a sense of deep solidarity with those people who are willing to really go the distance.
Stephen Colbert brilliantly sums it up here:
“These maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston, but all they could ever do, is show just how good those people are.”
– Stephen Colbert
Yep, keep looking at the bandaged place.
That’s where the Light enters you.
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Posted on April 16, 2013, in Learning, Metaphors, photography, Positivity, Psychology and tagged Boston Globe, Boston Marathon, Facebook, Marathon, New York City Marathon, Recreation and Sports, Sports, Stephen Colbert. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.