I was excited to see another runner's post about his race/running experience. It rang many little bells in my brain. It's fun to find common feelings and experiences in others you admire. I was thinking about the runner's comment about processing his experience and feeling a bit like he had clutter that had yet to find it's place. Later I ran across an interview Coach Eric gave talking about Boston. I still have such a weird mixed bag of emotions (clutter?) about that day. I still feel guilty that I finished and even more guilty that I am emotional about it. I have no good reason to be emotional...I did not witness the bombing, I did not lose life or limb or endure the emotional trauma of helping these people. I finished, I and my family were fine. They are the ones who have the right to hurt, not me. So, I too have "clutter"--emotions and thoughts about that day that I'm not sure where to put or how to incorporate in "my house"...in me. Without thinking I suggested to the runner he consider thinking of the "clutter" more as "little treasures" that he will find a spot for and love and find fondness in recognizing them with time and experience. Maybe I should take some of my own advice.

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Comment by Lori Enlow on May 8, 2013 at 7:43am
Comment by Ben Brewer on May 8, 2013 at 6:23am

Don't lose sight of the strength of compassion: I reckon people too often see feeling emotional and hurt about something that hasn't affected you directly as a weakness or at least unnecessary - the box this particular clutter can go into is marked 'being a human being' and it's definitely not something to feel guilty about. Without being too presumptious, I figure compassion like this is for other people is probably also one of the many good reasons why you sling a stethoscope around your neck once in a while :)

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