One of the few times I wish I had actually gone to medical school is when I hear about events like the attack in Boston, so that I would actually have the skills to help heal people. I wish I could have a direct hand in helping.
But I live in California, and Boston is far away. The way I try to think about traumatic events is: Now what positive thing can I do for those close to me, to counteract the negative? My sphere of influence is small, but it’s there. I can always try to make the world better for those around me. I don’t need to make grand gestures, a series of small, positive gestures will do just fine.