Defying Gravity

Oct 26, 2016 by

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

Gravity, we all know that irresistible force that keeps us pinned down to this planet. Or maybe it’s a different type of gravity. The kind that keeps you pinned down to your old ways of doing things, your old ways of thinking, your old ways of being.

When gravity has its hands on you, you’re not going anywhere. You’re certainly not flying off to explore far-away people, places, ideas or different worlds. When gravity is in play, your feet are firmly tethered to the ground. And that’s a good thing. Most of the time. For the mundane moments in our lives.

For the tying my shoe moments. For the vast majority of the ordinary moments in between the glimpses of wonder that reveal themselves in our lives at the most unexpected places. Tying my shoe moments are comfortable, secure, familiar.

Tying my shoe moments are firmly adhered to by gravity. Tying my shoe moments are not for the curious, restless, hungry moments of our lives.


To move, to fly, to explore, to be curious, you have to Defy Gravity. You have to tell gravity and all your heavy comfortable patterns that keep your feet firmly in the same old place, that you don’t want that anymore.

In the musical Wicked, there is a moment when Elphaba realizes she can’t continue to swallow the illusions of the world she lives in and that she HAS to break the bonds around her and Defy Gravity.

Although the cost is high to push off and break free from the old us, Elphaba must leave her dear friend and fly.

The following couplet is telling:

Glinda: You can have all you ever wanted

Elphaba: I know. But I don’t want it. No! I can’t want it anymore

Elphaba has gotten to the point where she can’t want her old gravity anymore. Because something has changed:

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by
The rules of someone else’s game

I don’t think the change happens consciously. At least not usually. I think the change happens in a moment, but it takes many moons to get to that moment of change. Many phases of the moon with sweetness and sorrow that gradually build up to the moment when Defying Gravity, when changing is not only inevitable but the only path.

So here’s my question: “What/When/Why/How will you break the bonds of your Earth and Defy your own personal Gravity?” What will push your curiosity to discover what else is out there in the vastness of your internal universe and let go and explore? Remember, Defying Gravity is hard, it’s scary, it means leaving what you’ve become accustomed to, it means Changing for Good. But could you? Just for a minute? Just for today? Take a moment and jump. Defy Gravity in a small way and see how high you go … as Elphaba sings “Just close my eyes and leap.”

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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