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

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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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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