Reena’s Exploration Challenge #69 1-14-2019

 

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Reply 1-14-2019 – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 68

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

It feels good to be back again, and the words that ring in my mind are “Back to Normal”.

Well, I give you two quotes here, related to the words. Pick one, pick both or spin your own take on ‘Back to Normal’.

Contradictory, yes …. but it all depends on how you define your normal. or choose to redefine it. The quotes are tricky, not what they appear to be on the surface. What is really normal?

But well … that’s my take. I am eager to read yours.


What does it mean to be normal?

Most of my life I believed normal was something which I was not. Normal were those people around me who seemed to be able to negate the world in a relatively (to me) sane and regular manner. The kids with circles of friends and seemed to know how to act in every social occasion. I didn’t so I was not normal.

Those people who could handle new experiences and new people with ease. I couldn’t.

Those people who seemed to know their life’s path with certainty. I didn’t.

People who weren’t always afraid of being or doing wrong. I was.

People who could speak up about their thoughts and feelings and needs. I couldn’t.

People whose kids won awards and scholarships. I didn’t. Mine didn’t.

People whose kids studied hard and seemed to have their life planned out (including winning those awards, being good at sports, getting good grades). I didn’t. Mine didn’t.

I had taken me years to realize that nothing is normal. There is no normal. Everything I was looking to find to be normal, isn’t real. Isn’t normal.

There are thousands, maybe millions, of ‘normals’ in our world.

We are all varieties of ‘normal.’

I am finally learned to live with my ‘normal,’ knowing I am not normal at all.

 


 

Reenas Exploration Challange 68

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #68 1/8/2019

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

It feels good to be back again, and the words that ring in my mind are “Back to Normal”.

Well, I give you two quotes here, related to the words. Pick one, pick both or spin your own take on ‘Back to Normal’.

Contradictory, yes …. but it all depends on how you define your normal. or choose to redefine it. The quotes are tricky, not what they appear to be on the surface. What is really normal?

But well … that’s my take. I am eager to read yours.

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

 

ROUND-UP OF WEEK 67

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2018/12/14/another-chance-to-get-it-right/

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2018/12/14/reenas-exploration-challenge-67-stepping-out/

Indira at

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/reenas-exploration-challenge-67

Bladud Fleas at

https://moonisrising.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/bridge-in-time/

Reena Saxena at

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/unsung-odes/

Deepa at

https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/bridge-in-time/

Helene Vaillant at

Bridge in time

 

 

Reply – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 67 on 1-8-2019

Welcome to the drift, as we sail into a new capsule of time!

This will be the last Challenge in 2018. The next one will appear in the first week of January, 2019.

PROMPT

REC67

 

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.


Pretty sure I am behind, but I’ll catch up!


There are bridges and then there are bridges. Most bridges are concrete and steel, stretching across those places where Mother Nature had declared ‘There shall be barriers.’

The truth of the matter is these man-made constructions are useful in our lives. We’d be fording rivers with rafts and rope still if not for the creation of the bridge.  Bridges help us get from here to there, make our lives easier. They link to past to the present, the now to the future, home to anywhere else we might travel.

The thing about bridges, however, is not all them are visible. Some span great chasms of grief and love and heartbreak, other tunnel deep inside the human heart, allowing all those things trapped inside to rise to the light of day if only we allow the rising.

Bridges connect us to other people, places we have gone before, thing which we have lost or gained. Bridges connect the moments of our lives across the span of years,  taking us into a new year and leaving the old behind.

Bridges are the connections of our hearts.

What bridges are you building inside your heart?

 

Reenas Exploration Challange Week 67

 

 

Question of the Day 11-16-2018

Please feel free to answer these questions on your blog or in the responses. If you leave me a link to your post, I will re-post it on my blog. You can also feel free to forward these questions to anybody who might be interested. Thank you to those who have already shared their thoughts.


Do animals experience emotions? If so, do they experience emotions in the same way as humans?

Anyone who has had a pet or been around animals for any length of time knows that animals have emotions. They are, after all, just another species and, in many different sizes and shapes, much like humans. If you have seen the face on your dog as you are heading out to work, you see sadness.  Just the opposite when you return. All animals have their own way of expressing their emotions, often in a language which we cannot yet understand. Only humans are so arrogant to think that if they do not understand another species’ language then it is not really there, not really a language.

I think we, as a society, are taking steps towards recognizing the emotions of animals, but we still have a long way to go.

 

 

 

Question of the Day 11-14-2018

Please feel free to answer these questions on your blog or in the responses. If you leave me a link to your post, I will re-post it on my blog. You can also feel free to forward these questions to anybody who might be interested. Thank you to those who have already shared their thoughts.


What are your priorities in life?

Right now, my priorities in life are to get out from under the burden of debt and re-state my life in a better place. I keep hoping and working…. hopefully soon.

 

Question of the Day 11-12-2018

Please feel free to answer these questions on your blog or in the responses. If you leave me a link to your post, I will re-post it on my blog. You can also feel free to forward these questions to anybody who might be interested. Thank you to those who have already shared their thoughts.


What is a simple truth people often seem to forget?

It seems to me the simple truth people seem inclined to forget is ‘Happiness is not material things.’ So many of us have been brought up to covet the neighbor’s nice cars, their bigger house, their 78″ Smart TV, their I-phone. Wife, mother, daughter or son. If only my child was as smart/talented/motivated as John’s.

We step on each other to climb the ladder of success only to discover the ladder goes nowhere but to more material things. Success does not necessitate happiness. If this wife isn’t as good any more, find a younger one, a prettier one. If your child does good, reward them with new Reeboks or a cell phone.

The rewards we seek are material things, not  realizing how shallow those things will become in our lives. Don’t like the I-Phone 5, upgrade to the 6 or the 7 or 8. Everything around us, preaches  ‘more is better.’ Come to our church because it is bigger than the others. Or has more stained glass windows, more people in the congregation. Go to our school because we have a winning football team or more students get jobs on graduation.

Why not go to our school to find out what you love in life; to meet people and explore your world?

Your child must go to this pre-school or they will never succeed in life. Sometimes, we forget that these things, too, are material. Will your child really fail because they didn’t go to ‘the’ approved preschool? Isn’t it better to teach you child about love and respect and tolerance rather than cars and houses and the fave toy of the year.

There is nothing wrong with getting the fave toy of the year unless it is the only thing you give your child. I don’t know what the fave toy of this year might be; I don’t have little children any more. I do remember when my kids were young, they marked every toys in the Christmas Catalogue as something they wanted. I knew most of the toys would fall apart or be broken or critical pieces lost almost before the wrapping paper was trashed.

I have been material, too. I see something I ‘love,’ and almost cry when I can’t get it. But I learned, and am still learning. Every day, I try to appreciate the wonder and joy around me, the happiness I feel walking with my dog, Evie.

I still get material things. We can’t live with material things, but we need to remember they are things, not happiness and not the important lessons of life.