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

 

 

Response – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 60 10-26-2018

That which is unspoken becomes unspeakable – Adrienne Rich

Reenas’ Exploration Challenge Week 60

The rules remain the same. The format can be prose, poetry, a combination of both, a memory, anecdote, review of a book you read, a photograph or work of art or just a fave rant. I look forward to meet all thoughts.


It was never spoke about, not in so many words, and never aloud. Truth was, body language was enough to scorn her for the rest of her life. She never got away, not like I did. Never had a sweetheart because when she was at the age to find one, Dad got sick and she stayed home to nurse him.

He never spoke to her unless to ask for something and then he spoke more to the air than her.

Mom died years ago and maybe that was why she got into that trouble. No female to keep her on the straight path. Dad didn’t care, not until after it was done and gone. Family disgrace, he said in silence.

I always wanted to say something to her, let her know everybody hadn’t turned against her, but I never did. If Dad found out, my life would become unspeakable, too.

You might think after I’d gone, made my own way, I could have gone back and talked to her, but it never happened. By then, there weren’t any words to say.

Not aloud anyway.

 

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 60 10-26-2018

PROMPT

unspeakable

That which is unspoken becomes unspeakable – Adrienne Rich

Reenas’ Exploration Challenge Week 60

The rules remain the same. The format can be prose, poetry, a combination of both, a memory, anecdote, review of a book you read, a photograph or work of art or just a fave rant. I look forward to meet all thoughts.

LAST WEEK’S ROUND UP

hecblogger at

http://playingwithwords.blog/2018/10/18/perspectives-2/

and

Another perspective

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2018/10/19/chunk-change-chump-change/

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2018/10/19/reenas-exploration-challenge-week-59/

Helene Vaillant at

http://helenevaillant.com/2018/10/21/innocence/

Deepa at

https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/begin-with-the-end-in-mind/

Sanah at

https://apausefornature.wordpress.com/?p=527&preview=true

Susi Bocks at

Grow A Conscience, Please!

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 55 9-23-2018

Welcome to another week of the Exploration Challenge!

Metaphors are so strongly woven in our language, that we start re-imagining things – maybe which are not likely to happen. Like,

I am at boiling point

Isomorphism (the pattern which connects two different types of things) helps people construct these sentences, and describe their internal state. Change the metaphor, and the mental state can change. This is possible by asking a few questions –

Example of an expression

I am carrying the whole world on my shoulders

Questions

  1. Tell me a little more about the world you carry.
  2. Whom do you see inside it?
  3. How much is the pressure?
  4. How would you feel without it?
  5. For how long do you think you will have to carry this?

I’m sure some would feel the burden lighten after answering these questions.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge Week 55

THIS WEEK’S PROMPT

challenge-55

 

Write a blog on your site, and post the link in the Comments section below. Or create a pingback, but check once if it has worked.

I look forward to another peek into the minds of brilliant writers. Have fun!

LAST WEEK’S ROUND UP

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2018/09/13/reenas-exploration-challenge-week-54/

Reena Saxena at

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/finesse/

syncwithdeep (Deepa) at

https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/sprout/

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2018/09/14/twisted-times/

hecblogger (Amit Agrawal) at

http://playingwithwords.blog/2018/09/15/%e0%a4%ad%e0%a5%82%e0%a4%b2-%e0%a4%9a%e0%a5%81%e0%a4%95%e0%a4%be-%e0%a4%b9%e0%a5%82%e0%a4%81-%e0%a4%ae%e0%a5%88%e0%a4%82/