Life’s Blank Spaces

Fall is settling in, it’s time to grab a warm blanket and lounge on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book. This by far is the best part of when the nights get cold, and the days get short. Embrace the change. It\’s perfectly okay to hibernate like a bear.

To define a good book: A treasure for the soul. A golden nugget that glistens with every page. A shimmering aspen leaf that catches your eye. A highway to the heart. A spiritual retreat. A deep breath of fresh air.

Do you ever feel like you can clutch a book and never let it go? Tuck it in the back of your pants and hope that it rubs off on you no matter what? Eat with it, sleep with it under your pillow, or put it into a plastic bag and bring it in the shower?

The words written in a book can sing to your soul when you’re ready. Words spoken and put into a shape can open a wound that needs to be healed. They can paint a picture that moves you to tears.

Words can speak to your heart as if a hand reaches in and coddles it.

Yesterday a friend gave me a book. Shhh, listen. I’m beginning to trust being led without a self-agenda. To think of myself as a sponge that absorbs yet filters exactly what I need. The book fills in some of life’s blank spaces.

Like a game of Scrabble, a blank tile resembles freedom, choice, flexibility. I grew up playing tons of Scrabble with my mom and dad, so when I got a blank tile the possibilities were endless. It was a chance to reach into the “word bank” of my brain and pull out a really powerful one. And the blank tile was whatever it was supposed to be.

That blank tile is like life. It’s waiting to be etched and transformed into one lovely word, thought, or moment.

As I walk around with my arms wrapped around “the book,” I realize I’m grateful for the person who gave it to me, for the “aha moment,” and for the densely touching words. But most of all, I’m grateful that it has a profound effect on my life and how I see it.

As my mom says, “I’m given everything I need exactly when I need it.

Not when I think I need it, but when it’s time for me to be ready to receive it. Two totally different places and a different reaction.

There are many more “blanks” in life that I need to fill, but I know that I’ll be given the words, tools, and insight to allow me to create a lifelong string of words just like strands of pearls.

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