Expanding or Contracting

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She told the same story
about twenty times,
each time changing a word here
or a nuance there…
but still it was the same story.
And I realized that in any given moment
we are either expanding or contracting.
To retell a story over and over, exactly the same way
renders it stale, and this moment contracts
to fit into a narrow view of reality.
To stop, wait, listen and breathe,
to be open to receiving and telling a new story,
this is expansion, stretching into a new form,
experiencing something different.
Now I just want to know,
what are you choosing in any given moment–
expanding or contracting?

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