Thursday Doors: The Holy Door

I was visiting friends and family in Quebec City last weekend. While walking through the old city with my friend and her son who was acting as our tour guide, he suggested we have a look at the Holy Door on the north side of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec. “A door!” I said excitedly. So I explained to them the Norm’s 2.0 Thursday Doors challenge.

Well you don’t have to be an observant Christian to appreciate the beauty of this door made of massive bronze. It was gifted by the Vatican to  the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec  in 2013 to coincide with celebrations of the church’s 350th anniversary. The Basilica is the  oldest church in North America. This Holy Door is the only one that exist outside of Europe.

You can read more about it here and here.

To see more Thursday Doors, click here.

 

21/Fifty-Two, What if?

What if reality was slightly different from what it seems? What if everything we see and experience was just a little off? Would the world be a better place?

As a young kid I use to lay awake at night in bed wondering:  “What if all I think, feel and experience wasn’t real? What if I would wake up to a different world? Would I be a different me? Would I have a different family, friends ? Would I be alone? Would there be war, chaos or peace? And what if all my frames of references did not exist in this other world? What if I wasn’t human? Or if humanity was totally different from what we (I) know? What if reality was really sleep and dream time? And reality really a state of sleep?”

 

 

Growing up I did have a loving and caring family (I still do),  I was pretty happy with my life but instinctively, at a very young age, I understood the  fragility of it all.  All these ideas, questions and much more would churn vividly in my head while in the dark I would wait for Morpheus to take me to a world of wonders. I felt as though I could not know for certain that my reality was the same or similar to someone else’, even someone close to me. What if people perceived life totally differently? What if someone I knew and loved did not have me in their reality? I eventually moved on from this whirlwind of questions and focused on other perceptions, like the taste of food, odors and colors.  Do we all see, feel, and taste them the same?

The years have taught me that perceptions do somewhat differ from one person to another and that life is as real as you want it to be.

If you could create a new and different world, what would your world be like?