Mind the gap

My husband and I have always admired the phrase Mind the Gap—the three-word warning used in the London underground to alert commuters about the space between a subway car and the platform.

The phrase says all it needs to say in the fewest possible words. Mind the gap is succinct perfection.

I remembered it last week when I read a blog post on SuzeMuse  entitled The Spaces Between. Suze muses about an art teacher from school who told her that “drawing is not about the lines and shapes you’re making. It’s about the spaces between the lines and shapes. If you pay attention to those spaces, you’ll be a better artist.”

When it comes to drawing and subway car riding, we have to mind the gaps.

And when it comes to life we have to mind the gaps, too.

We think our lives are all about the people we surround ourselves with, the houses we live in or the appointments we keep. But the spaces between all those people and houses and appointments are important, too. Not only important, but necessary. “The space between is what connects everything,” Susan says.

When we really look at a flower, or just sit with someone who needs a friend, or prayerfully meditate—those are the moments that connect everything. Those are the moments when we can feel the undercurrent of oneness in the universe.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on May 20, 2011, in Inspiration and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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