Finding Space Between the Words

The theme in my life these days seems to be around slowing down.  My daughter tells me daily to slow down so she can understand what I'm saying, and my husband tells me to slow down when I knock over another glass on the counter with my flailing arms. The books I'm reading and the audios I'm listening to all have the same theme... SLOW DOWN! This, by the way, is not a new message because Megan's 17 and has been saying it since she could talk, but I'm paying attention now.

Honestly it's a foreign concept to me and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.  I'm a busy bee ... I wake up with ideas of things to do all day and so excited for the day ahead, and by the end of the day, I'm excited again for going to bed and seeing what appears in my day tomorrow. I'm not as busy as I have been in the past so I keep asking myself, why slow down ?  

As I sat down to write this blog post, I realize that Quantum Physics is all about the space... I've been fascinated by the concept of the space between the words as a metaphor for that space concept.  We read sentences fluidly and understand what the sentence means because each word is separated by space.  The sentences have capital letters to begin the thought and a period at the end but the critical part of the sentence is the space. The spaces add clarity to thought and  whatifwritingallhappenedwithoutspaces?  It's not relaxing or thought provoking... it feels strained, uncreative and like I'm trying too hard.

I guess that's what slowing down can do for me too. I can listen more deeply to each word and experience each interaction fully before moving on.  I know that's where creativity happens, when I don't know what's next, and I can be surprised in the not knowing. The JOY happens in the slowing down and seeing the space all around me to think differently than I expected.