Visitors pause at a makeshift memorial in Copley Square for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: AP

A little distraction can help healing

A man is not feeling well so his doctor tells him to take antibiotics for two weeks, painkillers for three weeks and watch 15 baseball games over the next four weeks and he will be healed. Of course, it is a myth. Sports does not heal, it only distracts. But I have to remind myself of this all the time, particularly when a dose of heavy perspective is served up like the events in Boston.