Time To Keep It Simple serves as a record of my life as a traveler, writer, genealogist, photographer, target sports enthusiast, Rotarian, Mason, Jew, PR professional, and many other (mostly positive) things. In addition to this daily blog I am also the man behind the curtain (not named Oz) at gettingyourphil.blogspot.com and I previously blogged at fromgoytooleh.blogspot.com.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Attempting To Find Space…
Not much space left.
as some point during any given day there is a time when I just need a little
space. Not just physical space but separation from the noises of the world. Definitely
something harder to do than to simple ponder about. Sometimes I can even go all
day and have to setting for those meager moments of slumber to escape the world
and get some alone time. When I say this, many people see this as a bad thing,
like I am trying to get away from people or some people get offended like I am
trying to get away from them. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Everything requires some space in one form or another. When there is no space
things can tend to run together and just seem to blur into a solid brick, much
like this post. Sometimesthesimplespacebetweenwordscanmakeallthediffernceintheworldwhentryingtocomprehendwhatisrightinfrontofyou.
Even the commute back and forth to work is filled with a lack of space from the
cars on the road crowding the lanes to the constant connection maintained with
my cell phone. Space is more than just a physical proximity. Space is that
single moment of nothing that we all need in our day. That moment when
everything around us stops, the phone is silent, and the computer hibernates.
It is those times when you step out of the office for a minute, forgetting your
cell phone, and feeling glad that you don’t have it flipped out in your palm as
you scan the screen or pick up a call. Space, in many respects, is the most
precious and healthiest part of the day when you are as even keeled as you can
possibly be. But, with work, home, lodge, and all the other activities that
fill my calendar, the necessity of space has quickly become a luxury. I guess
it is just harder for some of us than others especially those of us that have a
mind that doesn’t seem to want to stop. The damn thing just keeps on working
jumping from one thought to another without taking that moment to enjoy the
microscopic space between the neurons. Sometimes the best time in my day is
when I am trying to think of something, finally recall the information, and
stop caring about it as soon as the information is retrieved. It is a split
second of mental silence after that moment of forgetfulness that can be the
most peaceful time in the day. It is a moment of relief that is rarely
experienced and one that I can’t seem to find often enough. It is this time of
completely blocking out the rest of the world when the mind and body simultaneously
relax. It is for this same reason that many of us enjoy one sport or another in
our free time. It is the repetition and focus needed that blocks out the rest
of the world. You are in your own space focused on the singular experience.
That is the time when we have all the space we need. I need to find more
moments like that during my everyday life when I can enjoy life. I just have to
find the space.