This project's goal is to give each family member and myself just 10 minutes of unconditional positive regard every day. All attention is focused on the other person for those 10 minutes and only positive comments or thoughts are allowed. Just 10 minutes often becomes much more. Try it and see. You'll find the Just 10 guidelines on the right side of this blog.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
In Between the Words
(Somehow this song feels like it fits today. I don't have words to explain why. It just does. It's not the words. It is what falls in between them.)
Words have limits. They create little boxes into which we drop bits and pieces of our lives. So much of our living takes place in between the words. Inside our heads we play the endless commentary of our lives and yet never fully capture who we are. So many things are left unsaid. So many things fall outside the neat boxes that words create.
At home, snug in my well-worn recliner, I look at my husband in the chair beside me. The things I want to say can't be captured in words. We sit in mutual silence. The TV drones on mindlessly. So many words pour from the screen. They say so little. I'm not even remotely entertained. Something is missing. What's missing are all the words left unsaid. They press down on the inside of my lips. They ripple across my tongue. I open my mouth to let them out. They flutter away in silence.
Feelings, raw and primitive course through my body like electric current. They snap and crackle. My nerves stand at attention, waiting. They wait for words to capture them but the words can not.
This break down of language leaves me broken and mute. I want to cry, to mourn the loss. I'm in way over my head and I can't find a way to tell anyone. And, then again, maybe I just did.