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Stay, Lola, Stay!

lolIn Reality Check #73 I wrote: “Reality is non-negotiable: it already is what it is.”  This little “dictum” reminded me of a 1998 German film Run Lola Run.

In the film, Lola is presented with a challenging situation that she fails to successfully resolve despite three attempts, three “runs.”  In each run, Lola attempts to replay reality – yes, to replay the very reality that already is what it is.

My advice to Lola(s): Stay, Lola, Stay!  Reality – not your legs, not your reaction speed, not even the speed of light, – but Reality itself sets the speed limit on What Is.  No Lola can outrun the reality that already is.

Stay, Lola, Stay!

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2014). Stay, Lola, Stay!. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 12, 2020, from


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