Choosing LOVE…

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“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

Dear Tina (& friends),

I am not sure I have the “right words” but I felt compelled to write after hearing about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Boston is so close geographically and I have visited often over the years. Seeing and hearing the stories of why people feel compelled to run this marathon and the training involved is awe-inspiring. I can just imagine how it would feel being there at the finish line, cheering for someone you knew running not just any race but that race. This time last year Brett & I were sitting in a bar downtown talking with parents whose son was running the race. They were SO PROUD! You having lived in Boston and being a runner must connect to this emotionally as well?

I heard the news last night driving home from the studio, I had called my sister and was in THE BEST MOOD after having a great day of painting. I casually asked her what she was up to and she said, “Trying not to watch the news.” My heart sank, What now?!?!? This is when she told me about the explosions in Boston. Going through a range of emotions I woke this morning and made a decision to choose optimism over hopelessness. My intention both in my artwork and in life is to do my best to see the good in the world. I believe most people are good. This tragedy will not alter this belief. It will make me go out of my way to be kinder, to do something nice for someone else, to smile extra bright & take action TODAY to let the people in my life know how much I care about them. It may seem like such a simple thing at such a tragic time but I believe this is when we need to express and share kindness even more. I believe through our actions, however large or small, collectively we can make a difference.

Today I choose LOVE because my heart could not bear it otherwise…xoLaura

peter reynolds



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4 thoughts on “Choosing LOVE…

  1. This is so lovely. I have ran two marathons and all I have thought about are the loved ones at the finish line…my then 4 year old son and mom and husband. Training and running a marathon brings such joy. What happened is so horrific on so many levels. Thanks for writing your thoughts on this!!!


  2. I couldn’t agree more. It breaks my heart to see so much hate from someone. We always prove as a country to pull together when events like this happen and I expect no less from my neighbors around the corner, around the state, and around the country. I DO believe there are more good people than bad. It is just that the good deeds don’t get this much attention. I will continue to spread kindness, however small, just as you are and everyone else who is reading this right now. Together.

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