I’ve come to understand that absence lies at the heart of our seeing more clearly. It’s often in something’s absence that we suddenly begin to see, whatever it is, in a new light. Absence has this wonderful capacity to enhance our perceptions in ways that continued presence can’t. And so at times it is expedient that we absent ourselves from one another. I think it was Kahlil Gibran who said, “Let there be spaces in your togetherness.”


About Don

My name is Don Scrooby and I live in the United Kingdom. I have a deep love for nature and open spaces and one of my great loves in life is sketching, particularly in pen and water colour and occasionally in pencil. I’m quite new at the art and I sketch mainly from photographs I’ve taken, but also enjoy outdoor sketching. My sketchbooks, although no great shakes, are important to me and I decided to create my blog in order to share some of their contents with those who may be interested.
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15 Responses to Absence

  1. Beautiful wisdom Don. Absence does make our heart grow fonder and creates a deep awareness. Love the quote too. 🙏🏻


  2. nrhatch says:

    Sometimes time apart is just what we need to bring us closer together.

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  3. Val Boyko says:

    Yes – the light shining on space transcends what we see and experience. 💛


  4. Cecilia says:

    The photo and the text – wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. Dan Antion says:

    Wise thoughts, Don. Thank you.


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  7. Hariod Brawn says:

    That’s a fabulous capture, Don; it feels somehow poignant. Like the refrigerator that periodically goes into idle mode, and only then do we note its former buzzing, so your bench invokes the missing couple who otherwise might be ignored.


  8. ladyfi says:

    Beautiful shot and thoughts.


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