What to do when tragedy strikes.

mk_treesWe are all praying for Boston right now.

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I write these blogs the day before, so by the time this blog publishes, it might be behind what is going on in the news.

But that doesn’t matter – because what I will write about today is all about Uni-versal principles.

No matter what facts come out about what happened in Boston, I think that we can all agree that ignorance acted yesterday.

Ignorance of how precious human life is. Ignorance of our common interests as human beings.

This tragedy erupted over social media, as have many before it.

And again, my heart wept. The unnecessary bloodshed. The unspeakable horror. The unimaginable pain that swept our nation yesterday has become all too familiar.

My heart and the hearts of the whole TDL community go out to those affected by the senseless acts in Boston.

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When tragedy comes, we must reflect. And we must take action.

What action? In this case, there are still so many unknowns, I’m not sure.

But I can tell you this: no amount of hate can solve the deep problem of ignorance. Hatred brings more hate. We have enough history to show us this. We have enough evidence of modern day fighting that demonstrates this as well.

What I can tell you is that ignorance struck yesterday. But ignorance will not tame us. Ignorance will not keep us down. Nothing can put out the eternal American and for that matter – human Spirit that dwells within each and every one of us.

I’ve come to believe that acts of violence are ways certain people try to prove how powerful they are. And yet, nothing could be further from the truth.

Violence to prove power, violence to cast a shadow of fear, violence meant to stop progress – has not and will not ever be a sustainable endeavor.

So, what can we do?

We can give, we can donate, we can send Light, we can pray, we can get involved; but there is one thing that we can do that can prove that acts like this, no matter how ill-intended, never truly achieve their intended effect…

We can choose to Love.

Love ourselves. Love those that we are with. Love others even more.

And perhaps, perhaps, Love those that hurt us. “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”

Loving those that hurt us does not make right what they did. It does not mean we are pushovers. It does not mean that we will not find those who are responsible and bring them to justice.

But Loving them proves that we are more evolved, more righteous and that our spirits and our ability to Love cannot be broken, even in the depth of tragedy.

Loving them does not mean we have to like them. But it does mean that we see that they are simply ignorant. And our Love is greater than that.

So, if we really want to heal, if we really want to do the right thing, then – when tragedy strikes, we must Love more.

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Mastin Kipp is the founder and CEO of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • Rebecca

    Wonderful message Mastin. Not the easiest way for most to deal with this tragedy but certainty the healthiest for us and for our earth. Hatred is simply fear in action. Whether it comes from “terrorists” or from our own hearts.

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  • Thank you Mastin. I choose love. I choose to help. I choose to be the change I want to see.

  • Thanks Mastin for this important reminder. Lovely words. Staying in love today and keeping fear/hatred at bay.

  • Wonderfully said! I agree with Rebecca in that loving those that hurt us may not be the easiest way for us to deal with what has happened, but it is surely the healthiest.

  • This couldn’t be anymore beautifully said… In times like this, and with horrible tragedies like this it can sometimes be hard to choose forgiveness and even harder to choose Love. We as a whole society can choose to be the change and the Love we want to see so that we hopefully will witness less of these kind of events. I am so proud to be apart of the TDL Community and family… I send Light, Love, Prayers and Hope to all those in Boston. Most of all strength to move through all this with courage! Thank you Mastin…

    With ALL my Love,

    • Fantastic post Drew. Gratitude and compassion could be felt in your words thank u.

  • Sorrow fills the air. Another tragedy amongst loving souls and hatred and pain. Love IS the only truth that
    will set us free. Free from fear, free from pain, free to forgive. We are being sent a Clear message here These things are happening because hatred causes things like this. As long as we continue to seperate and put more value into production, treating people as if we are soulless, these messages will continue. We have the ability to become s global community of LOVE! When we OWN THE NOW and take responsibility and greet every moment with LOVE we will have WON. As long as I separate I will feel disconnected. We have to connect our hearts and allow the light within us all to blind this madness. Surrender and forgive! ALLOW LOVE TO RULE! give yourself to the tragedy and know we can make a change. Tears flood the Universe. Change our song sweet friends. Change all your relationships to be only ones of love. Thank you to all who have ever shown me love or loved another because you are already changing the world. People all over the world join hands….start a love train love train. BOSTON u have my Love! Far too many things are being ignored! These experiences are here to say that we can no longer hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! Love not hate is the only way.

  • Peacedancer11

    Well said, Mastin. Sending Love to All. Double
    Doses to those who feel separate.

  • For the first time in a while, I sit here with no words to write. Why? Because what comes to me, many people may not agree with. So, I will take a deep breath, step through me fear, and proceed. I loved your post Mastin, but I would like to take just two words out of it: ” ‘PERHAPS, PERHAPS’ love those that hurt us.” We need to LOVE…Period. Jesus was a perfect example of forgiveness and Love. Not once did he judge those who crucified him. We need to take the “perhaps” out of it, and “BE THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE.” This means sending energetic love to the DOER and his/her family as well. Just recently (without going into details) I watched with my own eyes the power of my loving THOUGHTS towards another. As you said Mastin, “HATRED BRINGS MORE HATE,” and this could be our first step in creating peace, if we would be WILLING to STOP saying, “Well, that was Jesus, and I am ONLY human.” It is timely to BE who we really are. It is timely to put on our BIG BOY/GIRL Pants ON, and be an example of… Unconditional LOVE. Much love to ALL.
    The Daily Commenter,

    • Well written wholehearted truth. Thank u

  • While my first reaction was how can we love after a tragedy like this, I re-read the post. It completely makes sense now. Well said!!! Hopefully LOVE will always triumph over hate. Thank you for this inspiration.

  • Martha

    Much love, Boston. Healing love and light going your way and to all. I agree…this is our time. Let’s step up and actually DO it and keep doing it. It’s all about love and peace, minute by minute, every choice, every word that we utter. Turn off the news and tune in to articles like this and many others we are offered. Thank you, Mastin, for being one who shows us all the way.

  • Laura Gabriele-Enriquez

    Beautiful, thank you Mastin.

  • Joaquin

    Excellent article, there is nothing we can do except increase our love, send positive energy to Boston and pray. I come from a third world country, lived through a senseless civil war that killed over 75,000 people, I lost friends and family. The worst part is that the group fighting to take over the government failed, then they signed a peace treaty and now, through the people’s vote, they are ruling the country; what they couldn’t achieve with10 years of bombs, kidnapping, terrorist acts, destruction, and killings, they achieved peacefully through elections.

    When I moved to this country I never expected to relive what I left behind, bombs going of in the city was so common that it did not affect but the ones hurt by them. People got numb to the excess of violence. Let’s not allow that to happen in this great country, we are so much better than a small group of people that believe in violence.

    Lets get our love out to the people affected in Boston, send our best energy to them and pray for all the victims and pray for the perpetrators so they can open their eyes to love and change their ways.

  • Osage Dior

    Love more…definitely…Love more…

  • JamesB

    Thanks Mastin for those words and thoughts. I live in Boston and was talking with a friend last night on how to deal with this. He forwarded me your words this morning. Thank you!!

  • Kelly Pietrangeli

    Thank you Mastin. Every since I heard the news of Boston my heart went cold. But your words have just softened my heart and reminded me that I need to feel love now more than ever. I’m grateful for this insight. Big Love XX

  • Billiestic

    Thank you Mastin for this blog. I’d like to share what I just figured out while reading your sentence “But Loving them proves that we are more evolved” the word evol-ved, evol backwards reads love- and there we go we need to evolve through love. That’s all I like to say..

  • Hanna Helgegren

    So beautifully written, thank you Mastin!! When these horrible things happen it’s easy to let suspicion and fear take over, but it’s really more important then ever to choose love and forgiveness. It’s crucial not to let the fear of whoever did this empoison our own thoughts. Sending so much love and light to all people involved in the Boston tragedy and to all of humanity as well. The words of Jesus will be with me, “forgive them father, for they know not what they do”. Again, thank you!

  • Allyson

    Thank you, Mastin, for your words. We need words like yours during times like this. I am in the process of launching a peace blog (www.shantipax.com) and I am now more determined than ever to spread the message of peace. Thanks again for your leadership on this subject. You brought inner calm to my heavy day.

  • Thank you Mastin! So important on this planet at this time! LOVE is the only answer to all of it 🙂

  • Guest

    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
    Mother Teresa

  • “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
    Mother Teresa


  • Moved to tears ~ sending much love to all.
    There is one powerful message to be shared from the tragedy ~ blessed be the children ~ rest in peace Martin Richard your message has been heard.

  • Anon

    Your beautiful words about yesterday’s tragedy are being plagiarized on Facebook by a woman who embodies hate rather than love. Her racial and religious hate speech are regularly reported to Facebook. She routinely bullies anyone who disagrees with her. Don’t let her message of hate taint yours of love — report her to Facebook. Her name is Addy Hearts, and she plagiarized your words in a comment on the photo that CUFI posted this morning today (4/16) https://www.facebook.com/ChristiansUnitedforIsrael?ref=ts&fref=ts

  • Heavy heart filled with sorrow for all involved in yesterday’s tragedy. Martin Richard’s family, I pray for your loss and the recovery of the injured relatives. This is the sad result of ignorance, fear, lack of mindfulness and consciousness. We must embrace the good in this world, because the good is much stronger than the bad. Believe!

  • Kailyn

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  • mike in RI

    Mastin You are a beautiful soul in actions and thought keep on doing Mike in RI