Boston Marathon Tragedy, How Do We Cope?

April 17, 2013

I am so saddened by the tragic events which occurred at the Boston Marathon. My heart is heavy wondering how someone can commit such heinous crimes. So senseless! Such disregard for human life. How can so many innocent lives be lost and harmed at an event which is symbolic of perseverance, strength, hope, and inspiration for its participants and spectators?

How do we recover from the images we have seen and cries we have heard? How do we cope with our feelings of anger, sadness, helplessness, fear, and even hate for those who perpetuated these horrific acts of violence?

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I wish to share with you some ways which I hope will help you cope:

1. First, recognize what feelings you have.

I know many of you may feel sad and angry about these tragic events. Many of you may feel vulnerable and unsafe. You should acknowledge those feelings. Do not try to deny their existence.

2. Next, give yourself permission to have those feelings.

Know that it’s absolutely fine to have those feelings. Allow yourself time to grieve. Embrace those feelings, but then let them all go. Don’t allow yourself to dwell on those feelings and be consumed by them. Carry on with your life and do not allow it to be changed in a negative way.

3. Focus on the positive.

There are reasons to be grateful and to be inspired: Be grateful for the brave police officers who reacted instantly to maintain order and help the injured. Be grateful to the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who worked feverishly under trying circumstances. Be grateful and inspired by those runners, who, having just finished a gruelling race, found the strength and courage to run toward the bombings to assist others in need. Be grateful for all those who immediately went to the hospital to donate blood. Be encouraged by the community of Boston, who has pulled together through this ordeal. Be inspired by the outpouring of support and love from all around the world.

4. Accept that you cannot control everything that happens in this world. Focus on what you can control.

Channel your feelings of sadness, anger, and fear to do something positive. Reach out to someone. Give support to those in need. Go and donate blood. Whisper a prayer for all those who have been affected by this tragedy.

I have channelled my feelings of sadness into writing this post for you today. By doing so, I hope I have been able to reach out to those of you who are having a difficult time dealing with this tragedy. It is my prayer that I have comforted you in some way and helped you to cope. I hope to have inspired you to focus on the positive and reach out to help someone. Show your care and concern. Show your love today.

Love & Light,

Mimi Luk

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Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.