But the most important thing is what's between the lines. Space. Words need space or they lose their power.
Spaces and pauses give us time to think, to reflect, and to process what we are reading. Spaces allow words to ‘sink in’, to be absorbed deep into our soul. It’s the spaces that give words power.
Recently I bought an eBook, which had been formatted with a small font and little space between the lines and I found myself reading a few paragraphs and giving up again and again. It was hard work and frustrating ... after a few attempts I gave up altogether.
I should know. I’ve lived a good part of my life at full throttle, 150 kilometres an hour. I’ve grasped life and lived it to the full but mostly without the spaces to recharge. Consequently I’ve burnt out on more than one occasion. There is always more I want to do than there are hours in the day so its easy to skip meals, push the extra few yards and make it to my usually over ambitious finishing line.
Time out not just to recharge so I can work harder, but for the fresh perspective it gives me … time to reflect, imagine, dream and let life ‘sink in’ … time not just to rest the body but the mind. And that's the hard one for me. I have a mind with a mind of its own, always hatching some new plan, getting excited about a discovery or enquiring into a yet to be uncovered truth.
It has no manners ... interrupts my reading, eating or sleeping, even praying if it must, and insists on its own way. But I've found one way to silence it. When I take my camera and head out into the wild, somehow I manage to leave my mind behind. I enter a world of my own where nothing intrudes but the open spaces, the beauty and the discovery beyond the lens. I've found a place where I can completely relax and come back refreshed and renewed with a well behaved mind. Then I have the capacity to listen to life and the still small voice of God.
Where is the place that you can totally relax and let life 'sink in'? Where are the spaces between the lines in life that give you time to relax, appreciate, be moved and challenged by the everyday?