Breaking Down The Wall : Immortal Monday

If you happened upon something truly amazing, would you share it? Or would you keep it to yourself, indulging in the pleasures it gave you until you got your fill. Can someone fully enjoy something if they do not share with another – or others? I’m not asking you to give your special something away, I’m simply asking if you would tell others so that they too could share in the joy?

Would it depend on what that something was? Why? Why should it be different if we are talking about a shipment of new books versus a new gold claim? Oh, I understand. People are willing to fight tooth and nail over one more than the other. We do get crazy about our books, don’t we! 😀 But honestly, mustn’t we learn to trust?

Sure the world is a corrupt place full of corrupt people. But spending all your days worrying about what might happen is no way to live. And sharing your joys, no matter how big or small with others is an amazing experience everyone should make a practice of.

Now, imagine you have embraced this concept. You are on the beach with your besties when you happen upon a small tin box buried in the sand. Always the curious one, you can’t leave the darn thing alone. You mess and fool with it until you bust that puppy wide open. Gosh darn it, if it isn’t full of cash! Are you going to share that discovery with your besties or keep it all to yourself? Spun a new perspective on it, haven’t we?

Let’s say you’re undergoing a home improvement project. You start in the family room. Your plans – expand. When you knock down the far wall, you open the door to a whole new world! You say, “Debra, that’s crazy. That’s total fantasy you’re talking now.”

I say, “That’s Immortal Monday, babe!”

That’s what happened in 1963 when a local resident of Derinkuyu (an area in Turkey) knocked  out a wall in his home. Following is the story that unfolded.

What you just saw is the Derinkuyu Underground City. It is located in Nevşehir Province, Turkey (Derinkuyu district). In 1969 it was opened to visitors and, to date, only ten percent of the underground city has been made accessible for tourism. A total of eight floors, it extends to a depth of approximately 85m. It has the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. A spacious room with barrel-vaulted ceiling is found located on the second floor that is unique to the Derinkuyu complex. It is believed that this room may have once been used as a religious school and the rooms to the left of it were studies. Between the third and fourth levels is a vertical staircase. This passageway leads to a cruciform church on the lowest level.

Break down wall → open the window to new worlds (apply this to your creative mind and never be stunted in your way of thinking)

Obviously, the homeowner shared his discovery. How difficult do you think his choice was between coming forward or keeping this discovery all to himself? Making the right decision isn’t always easy at the start, but it sure does feel good after the fact. The world would have missed out on an amazing wonder had he chosen not to share.


Thank you for your visit and your patience . I’m in the middle of fast drafting and revision hell. It’s FANTASTIC!

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35 thoughts on “Breaking Down The Wall : Immortal Monday”

  1. jbw0123jbw0123

    Discovering your secret caves in my inbox this morning made my day. Thank you.

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad it made your morning. May your day be wondrous and bright. 😀

  2. Jennette Marie PowellJennette Marie Powell

    I bet the homeowner had little trouble sharing his dind when he realized how much money could be made for doing so! And good reminder to check for hollowness behind the walls in our own writing. 🙂

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      I bet you’re right. Money does tend to change the situation around. But the kid in my would sure have fun running through those tunnels. Now let’s keep pushing through the barriers in our writing.

  3. Lisa Hall-WilsonLisa Hall-Wilson

    Awesome find, Debra. It’s something out of Gene Lempp’s history blog. 🙂

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      Isn’t it though? Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by Lisa.

  4. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    Break down the wall, open the window–I love this even simply as a statement for my day today. I’m starting revisions today on my vomit draft of a new wip (while other is with editor–eek!). Thanks for my vision statement for today Debra 🙂
    Happy writing!!!

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      Ooh! Wip with the editor. I can’t wait to hear about it! You’re so welcome about that vision statement. Create great things with it.

  5. susielindaususielindau

    I am a major blabber mouth and could never keep a secret like a box full of cash from my besties!
    Love the story about the wall and the secret stairway. I used to have a recurring dream there was one in our little 3-bedroom house when I was growing up. I think it was a cry for help since someone was always in our only bathroom.

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      I used to dream about hidden stairs and stairs that went to nowhere, but I think I was just fascinated by the Winchester house. Crazy place! I think it’s adorable that you are so bubbly and sharing! It makes your aura glow! I can see it even through the internet.

      • susielindaususielindau

        Awwww! Such a nice thing to say! You are such a great friend! 🙂
        I wrote about my creepy visit to the Winchester House! I can only imagine how that would have affected me if I had gone when I was younger although I think I am more sensitive to paranormal stuff now….

  6. Lynn KelleyLynn Kelley

    Wow, this is absolutely fascinating, Debra! Thanks for sharing your awesome find with us! Yes, I’d have to share my finds, too. Just can’t keep it to myself! LOL!

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      It’s hard not to bubble over, isn’t it? I struggle with the same thing. Even when I’ve been told to keep it under wraps. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the share! Thanks so much for stopping by Lynn.

  7. alicamckennajohnsonalicamckennajohnson

    How fun!!!! I would be sorely tempted to keep it to myself and probably would from a little while before guilt descended.

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      😀 I know exactly what you mean. The kid in me would feel the same. Who wouldn’t want to have that all to themselves to explore? We would be in 7th heaven back in the day, wouldn’t we have? Thanks so much Alica!

  8. lvoisinlvoisin

    I love sharing in someone else’s joys, and yet, sometimes I’m reluctant to share my own, because people aren’t always receptive to it. I think it depends on the context. Great post! Thanks for asking 🙂

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      Wonderful to meet you Ivoisin! Sorry for the delay in my response. I was without internet for the last week. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I believe I understand where you are coming from. I have often felt that way. We love to rejoice in other people’s news, but when we share our own we don’t get the reaction we hope for. It’s rather disappointing. It’s sometimes easier not to say anything at all. It can make us somewhat lonely on the inside. {{hugs}}

      • lvoisinlvoisin

        Thanks! That’s so true.

  9. jansenschmidtjansenschmidt

    Is it Immortal Monday already? Seems like we just had Immortal Monday last week.

    Very cool video. Now I’m off to find a sledge hammer!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      It is! It was. LOL. Oh my goodness, it is again. Where is the new one??? Did you find anything when you took the sledge hammer to your wall? 😉

  10. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Lovely post, Debra. I think we can enjoy experiences solo, but that enjoyment often grows when we share it. Solace is a great thing, but so is kinship. 🙂

    As a side note, I love your blogging voice. I always feel like you’re chatting with us.

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      Thank you for sweet compliment August. That’s what it should be, right? I chat? Everyone should be sitting around on their overstuffed chairs getting comfy and just shooting the breeze. I love what you have to say regarding the experience and I couldn’t agree more. Some experiences are so rich and rewarding when fulfilled all on their own. When later shared they take on a whole new meaning giving them a new dimension within our life. Everything in its place.

  11. Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, LaughingKristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing

    Something like that…I would absolutely have to share it. Smaller things? It would depend on what it was. For instance, if I happened to open a closet door to find Jeffrey Dean Morgan or Robert Downey Jr. standing there…I’d keep THAT information to myself. 🙂

    That video is totally awesome but…can we say…CLAUSTROPHOBIA?! The only way I’ll ever see that city is in videos and pictures. 🙂

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      I’d probably keep Robert Downey Jr. to myself as well. Tameri and I were trying to stalk him this weekend, but we lost him in the ComicCon crowd. 🙁 I heard he made one hell of an entrance to the Iron Man 3 panel. That video is pretty amazing. I’m always in awe of such things when I try to imagine how people lived back then. It’s mind boggling.

  12. Louise BehielLouise Behiel

    wow – this is the first I’ve heard of this. amazing, Debra. thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Nigel BlackwellNigel Blackwell

    Fascinating, Debra

    I doubt this guy could have kept this to himself for long. It’s an awesome find and an eye-opener on what people used to have to put up with. Strange to think that people must have seen this as a blessing, whereas I see it as one of the hardships they had to endure.


    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      Yes, you make a very good point. They may have seen this as a blessing. It could have been the equivalent of our warm homes and find buildings. Today, we see it as cold and uncomfortable. Think of all the time and inconvenience it took to create it and keep it running. Wow! Thanks so much for popping over the pond to stop by! Cheers!

  14. Reetta RaitanenReetta Raitanen

    What a wonderful discovery that city must have been for the founder. Like Alica, I might have kept the secret for a while and explore on my own but then I would have tipped others.

    And I definately would have shared that some of the cash in the box with friends. We would have all gone to a grand dinner together.

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      Reetta, you are a girl after my own heart! Except, if the beach had a lost and found I might have actually trekked over there with the box. If not, dinner!

  15. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    Wow. I would love to visit that cave city. It’s almost exactly like one I created in my first novel (the one that will never see the light of day). A discovery like this underground city definitely needs to be shared. If I discovered $100,000 in my wall, though, I don’t think I’d share it. I have student loans and truck payments to think of.

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      What if the money was marked, but you didn’t know it was marked? Things to think about. I can’t remember who it was, but I recall a story about a guy who found a bunch of money in his attic. He got a nice finders fee. That was cool. The full amount would have been cooler! 😀 LOL

      Bummer your cave won’t see the light of day. Maybe it will make it into another story someday.

  16. Sheila SeabrookSheila Seabrook

    I’m like Susie. I can’t keep a secret! What an amazing discovery, Debra. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Debra KristiDebra Kristi

      You’re welcome Sheila! I’m pleased you enjoyed it. Discoveries of that magnitude deserve to be shared. Thanks for stopping by.

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