Today it is okay

I have always felt a bit ashamed of my need for spaces. My artist in me justifies the guilt, yet efficiency and logic always judges my space-making as frivolous, unproductive, lazy, melancholy, and so on…

I have never been quite in sync with efficiency and logic.

As I age I am understanding more about the power of making spaces in our lives. It is then when our minds can process. Can rest. Can wander with insights not seen in the collision of busy-ness.  It is when we can catch our breaths, soothe, and give ourselves permission to stop the rush and frazzle.

Today, I need space. I am hibernating. I am reading a book, wearing slippers, and drinking herb tea with honey. I am staying in a hot shower a little bit longer. I am quieting the noise, eating slowly, and filling the bird feeders. Today I am not going to feel any guilt for making space for myself to calm and soothe. Today is my gift to the new  year to ritualize the present moment and letting tomorrow wait.


By Judy Sorum Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.
So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.
When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.
We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time
A fire
simply because the space is there
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.


From The Sea Accepts All Rivers (Miles River Press, 2000)

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