Loving The Spaces Between Things, As Much As The Things

I’m loving the sharing that is happening with a few friends / colleagues that I’m connected to through The Circle Way. I’m peeking in on them sporadically as I’m mostly in family time this week, like having pauses with them for little cups of tea.

This tidbit below, about the spaces between things, is attributed to Naomi Shihab Nye, an American poet and songwriter.

“I have always loved the gaps, the spaces between things, as much as the things. I love staring, pondering, mulling, puttering. I love the times when someone or something is late — there’s that rich possibility of noticing more, in the meantime…Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own.”

I so value the interruption in “doing” that comes from simply “noticing.” It’s embedded in the phrase that I quite like associated with the empty spaces, “I hope to do a whole lot of nothing.”

Here’s to the spaces between, for all of our good noticing.

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