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Making reality disappear.

I heard this quote on NPR the other day (I think in an All Things Considered interview with some musician): “To make something real you have to make reality disappear.”

Maybe it’s a spontaneous dance party or taking the long way home from work with the windows down and the music blaring. Maybe it’s a long walk or a hard run. Maybe it’s going to a new coffee shop and starting a conversation with the barista. Or going to the movie theater by yourself. Maybe it’s getting lost in the creation of an art project or skipping something you have to do for something you want to do. Maybe it’s playing with your kids or settling into child’s pose.

Whatever it may be for you, what if you found a moment in your day, today!, to make reality disappear?

Only a moment. After all, reality is sort of a fleeting concept – a vapor, a chasing after the wind. But I wonder what happens when ‘reality’ disappears? Are we left with nothing? Or something even more real?

What are we capable of doing – who are we capable of becoming – in those real spaces; those spaces where reality disappears?


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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