Stargate Stories - Will Roman

What would YOU send through the stargate? 
A thought or prayer to a god or demon. A message of hope or grief to the future or past…..a warning….a confession?

STOP. Just stay here a second. Let your life pause. Linger on this post for a fraction longer than you typically would. You do not have to read or engage just simply STOP, look up, look around, look within. The Stargate is time reversed, a challenging whirlwind moving in conflict with the whirlwind of our busy lives. We hardly see the effortless beauty in the world around us and scarcely acknowledge it in other human beings. We are a beautiful race filled with beautiful chaotic potential to do wonderfully good and equally wonderfully bad things. I would send a flash, a burst of light, a beacon through the Stargate to blind us in the world we think we see and have us for just a peaceful moment be aware of all our surroundings and be in touch with our every emotion. 

Too often do the people I know surrender to the false busy world we all set up around ourselves to feel important and connected to ourselves, our communities, and our friends. I am as guilty as any for over planning or scheduling and foregoing the most inherent gift we have been given, freedom. I shackle my freedom by commitments and desires to do more than I really ought and probably want to do. Always go, go, going and never looking up has catapulted me into a space I sometimes hardly recognize. Through this blinding light I hope we would be reminded of our freedom, not just to choose our life but to reflect on and enjoy the life we have. 

So STOP. Pause. Linger here with me a bit. Let’s forget who we are to the external world and discard our social masks for just a moment to look around. Look up to the stars and the vastness beyond our physical self to find peace in our existence as we are and not as we aim to become. When did you last have a deep meaningful conversation with a friend? Reveal a vulnerability to a lover? Communicate firmly a lacking need or fear? Give a stranger a compliment or helping hand? Or simply sit with and listen to someone else speak without interruption? 

Life before the technological avalanche of our generation was a simpler time because we were unable to over schedule our daily lives and distract our minds while walking down the street in the same way. What is beyond your cell phone, computer, or TV screen at this very moment? I implore you to STOP and see the world and the people around you for something in this moment that you would not have seen at your standard passing glance. It is with this blinding light I hope to blind us of our false eyes and force us to reach all the people, all our dreams, and all the possibilities that at times can feel Light Years Away.