Are you okay?

With tragic events such as the explosions during the Boston Marathon becoming more and more frequent, I find myself always falling back on my same routine.

I call, I text, I email, and I Facebook message all my friends and acquaintances I know who may be at risk. Then I breathe a huge sigh of relief when I know that they are safe. I'm not affected, I tell myself. I'm okay.

Yet it's really my way of denying what's actually happening. Even if I'm not directly affected, someone is always decidedly NOT okay.

Today I spent most of my moments thinking about exactly just how not okay things really have been today.