Quote For The Day 1-15-2019

“Lust, greed, violence, selfishness—all arise from perceiving others in terms of their individual differences, seeing them only as bodies, and what we can get from them as bodies, rather than acknowledging the Being that lies within the body.”
Joseph P. Kauffman, The Answer Is YOU: A Guide to Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Freedom


Question of the Day 1-14-2019

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


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

JSW Prompt 1-14-2019

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Response – JSW Prompt 1-8-2018 on 1-14-2018

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charming life pattern: alice in wonderland - quote - you know what the is...

“Truth,” he said to himself, looking down at his empty hands. Scarred and calloused, worn from years of hard labor; no longer the hands of the child he had once been. It was too long ago now, too many miles and bitter disappointments behind, to remember the magic he had once known. Maybe… if only… should have… would have…. could have…. the word shapes of his life.

Everything, he’d learned, faded over time and once it was gone, it never returned.  How was he to have known? Why didn’t somebody tell him? Could have… would have… should have.

But they had told him. Stop being a child. You need to learn math and history and grammar. You need to grow up. Be a man. Work for a living. Earn. Get. Buy. Things he could never afford, and yet he’d spent his life chasing every impossible dream which came along.

If only he’d known, growing up, the magic didn’t stay. Not if you learned math and history and grammar. Not if you stopped being childish and worked for things you could never get and didn’t need besides.

But it was too late now. His life was over and done. Wouldn’t be long before he faded away for good.

His granddaughters raced to him, demanding a story. Gathering them onto his lap, he started.

“Once, long, long ago, in a magical kingdom, there lived two little girls who were both beautiful and magical and Princesses….”




Quote For The Day 1-14-2019

“Today, I choose not to take my life for granted.

I choose not to look upon the fact that I am healthy, have food in my refrigerator and have clean water to drink as givens. They are not givens for so many people in our world. The fact that I am safe and (relatively) sane are not givens. That I was born into a family who loves me and into a country not ravaged by war are not givens. It is impossible to name all of the circumstances in my life I’ve taken for granted. All of the basic needs I’ve had met, all of the friendships and job opportunities and financial blessings and the list, truly, is endless. The fact that I am breathing is a miracle, one I too rarely stop to appreciate.

I’m stopping, right now, to be grateful for everything I am and everything I’ve been given. I’m stopping, right now, to be grateful for every pleasure and every pain that has contributed to the me who sits here and writes these words.

I am thankful for my life. This moment is a blessing. Each breath a gift. That I’ve been able to take so much for granted is a gift, too. But it’s not how I want to live—not when gratitude is an option, not when wonder and awe are choices.

I choose gratitude. I choose wonder. I choose awe. I choose everything that suggests I’m opening myself to the miraculous reality of simply being alive for one moment more.”

Scott Stabile