What is there to say when the world seems to be falling apart? Most people who go on social media already have their minds made up. They go to argue their point; to point out why everyone else is wrong and to decry the injustice of it all. I want to make magic with my words. I want to touch the heart of the world and, if only for a moment, make it see past the anger, the division and hatred and violence, and show it what it could be. What is possible.
The only thing I can do, the only thing any of us can do, is to address the fear and pain, the suffering and injustice that is presented to us on a daily basis. Face it without flinching. Accept our role and do whatever we can, no matter if it is nothing more than putting a band aid on the skinned knee of a child, holding the hand of a loved one lost in the depths of dementia, offering a meal to a homeless person, listening to a friend who is attempting to work through a bad break up, or making a dying crow’s last minutes on earth as comfortable as possible.
I always feel so guilty when I thin out seedlings. I even find myself apologizing; “I’m sorry sweetie, I know you were trying your best, if I had space each and every one of you would get the chance to grow to your full potential.” In a way I find myself akin to the ones... Continue Reading →
“Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” -Benjamin Franklin It was the damndest thing. I was at the mall, eeling my way through a school of teenagers when I heard a snatch of conversation between two boys that stopped me dead in the water: “Dude, she’s like 40 years old! That’s like... Continue Reading →
“All Beginnings are hard. . . . Especially a beginning that you make for yourself. That's the hardest beginning of all.” ~Chiam Potok It is not unusual at this time of the year to see dozens of posts touting an individual’s New Year’s Resolutions; posts about losing weight, finding love, getting their dream job. ... Continue Reading →
"It doesn't matter how bad things get. It doesn't matter how dark the clouds are. You have to believe, deep in your heart, that the sun is still shining, even if, right now, you can't feel anything except the continual downpour." ~ SSHenry There are times in each of our lives; moments, days, months even;... Continue Reading →
“Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.” ~ Oprah Winfrey Does purposefully surrounding yourself with people who will lift you higher; people who encourage you and strengthen you sound like a selfish thing to do? Can you imagine the alternative? No, most of us don’t have to imagine the... Continue Reading →
Redefining Reality would like to wish everyone a Happy Winter Solstice and 2012 Holiday Season may peace, understanding and awakening be yours in 2013!
I don’t know about you, but this time of the year can be stressful for anyone who celebrates the season. In fact, there are days when I feel that Ebenezer Scrooge had it right before the spirits ever got a hold of him, particularly the part where he tells the gentlemen collecting for the... Continue Reading →
Don’t you just love Halloween? This whole time of the year – what with its Harvest Festivals and its Renaissance Festivals; the decorations and costumes and make believe; honestly, I find it refreshing, especially Halloween since in spite of the commercialization, it is still instantly recognizable as the pagan holiday that was celebrated by many... Continue Reading →
Do you remember when you were a teenager; when there was a guy (or girl) that you really liked and who you wanted to notice you. Do you remember how you reacted? Do you remember what you did? Do you remember finding out everything you could about them and then getting interested in it yourself?... Continue Reading →
Yes, I've gone to the dark side. Redefining Reality now has a Facebook page. I've had enough people say that they wished they could have more of what Redefining Reality has to offer, only in multiple daily manageable bites. So I've created a Facebook page that reflects this. You'll find links to some of the... Continue Reading →
"The concept of surrender is foreign to me. The idea of giving up control, of ceasing to be myself; of turning my autonomy over to someone else - regardless of how wise or powerful is anathema. It is only when I remember who and what I really am that I realize that there is only... Continue Reading →
"There is no ‘one perfect life’ out there waiting to be lived. What there is are a series of moments, each one complete and perfect in and of itself no matter if it contains joy and wonder or sadness and sorrow; each one lived fully and completely and in total awareness. That is the definition... Continue Reading →
"Don't get dependent on that Knight in Shining Armor. All being rescued does is remove you from your immediate circumstances. It does nothing to address the question of how the devil you ended up in that situation to begin with." ~SSHenry Why is it that in every fairy tale that features a princess there is... Continue Reading →
“This tsunami of emotion never gives you adequate warning. Of course it doesn’t. It waits until your back is turned…until you are sure that you have everything that you could possibly want or need and then, oh yes then it crashes over you with an unstoppable force; ripping your feet out from under you and... Continue Reading →
“They say that love is the fundamental core of the universe. They were wrong. It is not love that is the lynchpin of existence. It is desire.” ~ SSHenry Have you ever known desire? Have you ever felt the pure unadulterated yearning; that all encompassing searing of the soul that is the heart of love,... Continue Reading →
‘Sometimes the wonder and beauty of life can be so overpowering that it takes your breath away. In those moments; in those pauses between heartbeats when the world holds its breath in ecstasy; the joy of being alive wells up from that quite place in the core of your innermost self and floods your body,... Continue Reading →
"Sometimes it is difficult to understand why certain things have to happen in our lives. What may be even more difficult to believe is that everything; no matter how seemingly unfair or painful; is part of the larger picture a picture that is being created by a skilled and talented artist who knows exactly what... Continue Reading →
There is an ice-cream treat truck that that circles our neighborhood during the summer. Actually there are a number of ice-cream trucks that make the rounds through our neighborhood due to the sheer number of children in the area. But this one isn’t like any that I’ve seen before. First off, it’s not a truck,... Continue Reading →