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“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
― Benjamin Franklin

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“But just then, for that fraction of time, it seems as though all things are possible. You can look across the limitations of your own life, and see that they are really nothing. In that moment when time stops, it is as though you know you could undertake any venture, complete it and come back to yourself, to find the world unchanged, and everything just as you left it a moment before. And it’s as though knowing that everything is possible, suddenly nothing is necessary.”
― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Widely considered Scotland’s most photographed site, Eilean Donan Castle perches on an island at the meeting of three lochs in western Scotland. The island’s first castle was an early 13th-century fortification against raiding Vikings, and it’s been sacked and rebuilt several times. The most recent facelift was completed in 1932.

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Daily Prompt: You’ve been given the ability to build a magical tunnel that will quickly and secretly connect your home with the location of your choice — anywhere on Earth. Where’s the other end of your tunnel?


I read today’s Daily Post and had an existential reaction to it. Many days, I bypass the writing prompts and try to write something thoughtful when it arises. Also, I feel that I am so lucky to have people who read my blog, I don’t want to overburden them with too many posts.

However, this idea struck me differently. Firstly, if I had a magic tunnel, I would never have to take another anxiety-ridden airline flight, quaking with panic attacks, and squeezing someone’s hand as if it were my last link to existence. That alone would be a huge relief for my family and me!

It would be wonderful to come out on the other side of the world and see the great historical sites that I have never had the privilege to reflect upon. The air would no doubt smell of pomegranates and green earth coming to life. The pungent spices would be inhaled as a rare blended incense of myrrh, cinnamon and frankincense. Stones containing thousands of years of faith, prayer, blood, and tears would be at my fingertips.

In my less ordinary life, I go to work, home, sleep, and begin again. Some days I feel too tired for an around the world adventure. I am not the only one. For those struggling with challenges and battles in this life, knowing that there is another route we can take would be comforting. Escaping the toxic relationships, bad marriages or jobs, the financial burdens, the monumental effort of pushing through each day, and hoping to come out on the other side, would not seem so insurmountable.

For at the end of every doubt and fear is the curiosity. Is there really a way out? Not only are we fumbling in the dark trying to do our best, but we wonder where we will end up. What will be if we are not well enough to care for ourselves? Will we have a place to go? In the future, if I am not here, will there be somewhere else I can be safe, protected, and comforted?

That is when the secret tunnel truly brings its magical and meaningful connection to my life.

For if I have a tunnel in my life, then there is, unalterably, a light at the end of it.

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