Simple Thankfulness

“If we look at moments in life when we have sensed the malleability of reality with more open possibilities than we had perceived before, they all include an unusually vibrant sensation of thankfulness. This functions retroactively, too, in how we see or hold events from our past. The genuine sensation of simple thankfulness underneath specifics, whatever they may be, loosens our existing opinions and definitions of past actions and events. We begin to perceive other long-term influences, causes and meanings. We can then look back on sequences we’ve lived and see other dynamics under the surface that we missed the first time around. Often, this process involves recognizing more clearly the accumulation of ignorance, confusion and guilt that we all carry from those who passed them on to us. In assessing failings and mistreatment, we can see subtler patterns in the complex fabric of life, including those of wisdom and capabilities attained specifically from those sequences. With that grander, larger perspective of how life unfolds over vast timespans and experiences, we begin to find openings into unexpected possible resolutions. This gives us the chance to reconsider how we want the end of the story to be written. And that includes our own specific role within our stories.”

In the Midst of Things

‘Molly Bloom Soliloquy’ from Ulysses by James Joyce

Read by Marcella Riordan

3 Comments Add yours

  1. anon says:

    I love the juxtaposition of your text with James Joyce’s Molly Bloom soliloquy. I’ve listened to this beautiful soliloquy numerous times over the last 8 years – it is a masterpiece (possibly the best part of Ulysses) and says so much about women, how they think, and about life. Listening to it again alongside your writing opens a new dimension of it to me; I feel you’ve shined light on the heart of what’s happening in that original soliloquy.

  2. SmokeyRose says:

    “Wisdom and capabilities attained specifically from those sequences” puts a nice spin on your continuation here of the process of forgiveness or seeing old stories in a new light. I can see in the Molly Bloom soliloquy how she chooses to recall beauty from her past, instead of any number of other, less worthy and ultimately less important interpretations. Fantastic reading by Marcella Riordan, by the way.

  3. Galahad says:

    Hearing this gorgeous colourful audio clip and the exquisite masterful delivery of Marcella in the context that is presented here cracked my heart wide open.
    Last night I dreamed I was falling in love again…
    How can I say thank you?
    ” Yes I will, yes…”

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