The confined quarters of a computer screen are no match for the spaciousness of the long view over open water. On pushing off from shore, breath deepens, and the gentle swells rock my little boat.
With wide spaces all around, the morning sky of puffy clouds overhead, the cradling waters beneath, expansion and well-being are a precious given. This was the first paddle in over two years. Long overdue! But once on the water, time’s dimensions altered and it was as though I had never left the water’s sweet embrace.
We live by time’s requirements and I would be the first to acknowledge the benefits to communal life. Agreeing on the importance of the clock allows our shared societal enterprise to work, at least reasonably well. However, we pay a price.
John Dewey, in his tome, Art as Experience, describes space and time as ‘significant values of the very substance of all things.’ He goes on to say, ‘Space is room…a chance to be, live and move. Lack of room is denial of life, and openness of space is affirmation of its potentiality. What is true of space is true of time. We need a ‘space of time’ in which to accomplish anything significant.’
May you give yourself time and space today ‘to be, to live, and to move.’