Self Healing After A Traumatic Week in Boston

A week ago today, two brothers made the decision to intentionally kill, maim, injure and terrorized innocent individuals, the city of Boston, our Nation and the World. The bombings at the Boston Marathon hit me really hard. Maybe because it is my city, maybe because I used to live in Watertown and maybe it is because I have watched the Marathon from the finish line countless times.

4 innocent victims of Marathon Bombings

The more I think about it, I realize what has upset me the most is that there is no explaining why these two young men did what they did. They don’t fit into the usual “box” of  explanation. They were not terrorist from a far away place and they were not mentally ill.  No, according to their friends and neighbors they were likable, polite young men living the American dream. Although not much has been said of the older brother, the younger one had everything going for him. He was bright, popular, athletic, and attending UMass on a scholarship. By all appearances he could have been any 19 year old kid…he could have been my kid. This is what has shaken me to my core. What on Earth could we have done to prevent this?

After a week of stress and sadness I needed to get away from the TV coverage and begin my own mental healing. I feel much better today and I thought I would share with you what I do when my mind is in crisis. I go out into Nature. Usually it is the Ocean I seek out and a long walk along the beach but yesterday it was into the woods with my camera and a quiet talk with God and the trees.

I find that looking through my camera lens takes my mind off the outside world and all my worries. I focus on making discoveries through the lens and I enter some type of timeless, peaceful state. Yesterday it was tree trunks and the multitude of textures that helped heal my trauma of the past week.  They were spectacularly beautiful to me and every tree appeared to me as a masterful painting. Here are some of my favorites and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed discovering them.

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As an added bonus to make my day complete, I was able to grab a quick shot of a family of turkeys in a farmer’s field.

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Yes, for me nature really does heal me from within and I would like to end with one final image of the youngest victim and his message for the World.

Martin Richards and his message to the World.


As always I love feedback. How do you heal after a traumatic event?

10 Responses to Self Healing After A Traumatic Week in Boston
  1. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. Nature is healing because it brings us closer to the Creator who knows the big picture when we can’t possibly see it. Peace be with you!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Beautifully said, thanks Kristie.

  2. Jil McDonald, Reflections Interior Designs Reply

    Thank you for sharing your hurt and pain, we value your letting us inside your heart.

    Sometimes we just can’t make sense of the madness. What a wonderful way to step back, and gather strength from nature.

    Your photos are beautiful and tranquil, may they bring peace to yourself and others as well.

    Much love xo.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Jil for all your thoughts and messages during this difficult time.I feel so blessed to call you my friend.

  3. Amy Parker Reply

    Hi Linda,

    This was beautiful ~ your words and your photos. You summed up what so many of us (especially those in New England) have felt over the last several days. I’m so hopeful that all affected will heal quickly and have the opportunity to get out into nature to appreciate the beauty that you found and have shown here.


    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Amy. The past week had been a struggle and I hope and pray others can find a way to begin to heal from the overwhelming sadness of the entire situation.

  4. Veronica Tostado de Domurat Reply

    Hi Linda,
    Beautiful words and pictures. My husband and in-laws are from Massachusetts too and yes it’s hard to understand this kind of acts.
    Blessings to you and your family and friends.

  5. Nirma Reply

    Thank you for your beautiful post.I so enjoy how you see the world through your lens. It is a gift.
    I too have been reveling in nature these past days. I am so grateful it is spring and my yard is filled with daffodils.The sunsets recently have spoken to me about how somehow God has this whole mess-Boston, Gosnell, the fertilizer plant destruction, our own pain-I have no answers but I have faith that somehow He does and it will be ok.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Nirma. yes, let’s pray God does have an answer because we certainly don’t understand nor can explain what has transpired over the past week.

  6. Laurel Anderson Reply

    Thank you for sharing Linda, I really enjoyed your photographs. Some of them looked like a lense looking down on a different planet. I also turn to nature in times of turmoil, laying on my back on the grass and feeling the sun on my face or immersing myself in the ocean, preferably riding the waves, taking my focus off the turmoil of the world and finding peace within. The more we all find peace within the more it can emmanate out into the world. Dwelling on pain neither heals the pain or the world that carries it.

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