Summer and Space

“Hospitality: holding space for the other to be more fully themselves.” Whew what a weekend! I don’t know about you, but I get to June and feel pretty wrecked. Things at No More Traffik have been moving a lot recently; Dan is finishing his book; and we’ve been running our new business to fund our upcoming trip to India. It’s been a great season of challenge and learning, but in those seasons space can become a fuzzy concept.

I think, in marriage, a very important thing is to hold space for the other – to let them grow and discover and become more fully themselves. I also think it’s something we can do for ourselves – create and honour sacred space in which we can pause and reassess and dance and grow. It strikes me more and more that space is not given; space is something to carve out and protect. This weekend, space looked like dinosaurs and the seaside and hopeful thought and cupcakes and silence. A few snaps (more to come in the form of a Creator Quarter feature soon!)… imageimageimageimage image  image image image

2 thoughts on “Summer and Space

  1. Love this poem:

    On Marriage
    Kahlil Gibran

    You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
    You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
    Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
    But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

    Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
    Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

    Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

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