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Susan Lantz: Words for grandchildren after Boston bombings

To the editor:

For all the grandchildren: I have thought of you a lot during the week of the tragic events in Boston. I wonder what you are thinking about it all. It is a confusing world we live in and at times it appears to be getting more confused.

I encourage you to remember the acts of courage, love, compassion and selflessness that you heard about and read about in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. These selfless actions, I believe, are what human beings the world over are all about. These are what our species are known for. We have been put on this earth to explore the power of love and connection and the power of community ... of working together. In times of tragedy that is our natural response.

It appears to me that our work is to make these actions our natural response in our daily life. This is our lesson: to grow love and community. We must accept the fact that we are always vulnerable and never know what the next minute might hold. In spite of this, we must have the courage to go forth, not in fear, but in joy with love in our hearts and minds. When we begin to fully understand this, we will be on a true path of peace ... within ourselves, our family, our friends, our groups, our communities, and ultimately the world.

As we mourn the dead, the maimed, the injured and the grieving, may we also have the courage to not shrink in fear, but to stand taller, open our hearts and to embrace deeper love and peace in all our actions and attitudes.

Susan Lantz

Northampton

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