Thursday, January 25, 2007

Space and Room

When the clouds are high and heavy, and the walls are closing in, I do okay if I have space in my emotional memory. My sense of space is part of who I am. It walks around with me. When I’m with other people, it tells me where to stand.

I feel it in my soul when circumstances take my space and leave me cramped. My breathing gets shallow. My fuse get short. My memory misfires. I have no space to offer anyone else. I’m pinned against a wall.

And when I see another who has no space left. I want to give some of my own. But it doesn’t work like that. I can only point to the sky and tell her to look. I can only remind her to breathe. I can only be here.

I can’t give her space, but I can make more room for her in my heart.
−me strauss Letting me strauss

4 comments:

Dawn said...

The photo goes so perfectly with your words. Inner space can sometimes be so elusive, and also too closely connected with our outer space. Sometimes I think if I lived in a big, cramped city with a high density population like Mexico City I would just wilt.

But it's really not like that at all. It's not something we can give to one another. We have to look for it, make it, find it for ourselves. At least that's how it's been for me.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dawn,
You are wise to know what to do. I hope I can give some space in life that has too many things pulling on it. Sometimes there's no space for space to be given. Then all I can do is be there to pick up the pieces if things fall apart.

Tell No One said...

It's so easy to put myself in a box and close the lid, then call it life. But I know the implications and the slow decay of my heart. Then it's easy for others to put me into a box and close the lid for me, they tell me it's what life should look like.

Then there are people like you...so far and few in between, that come along and open the lid just to say

"Hello, how are you in there...This is just a reminder that there's so much more, if you want to come out and play."

The world and everything in it, and out of it.. can be scary, there are so many people that need a kind heart standing there, while they're gaining enough strength to step out and make some space for their Self.

Katrina

ME Strauss said...

Katrina,
Do you know how beautiful this is?

The world and everything in it, and out of it.. can be scary, there are so many people that need a kind heart standing there, while they're gaining enough strength to step out and make some space for their Self.

Thank you for saying that.