Pursuing something more than shared space

togetherI start out on the other side of the room, working through my task list while he is occupied with a show.  

What is so urgent that it pulls me away? Nothing really.

 

I tell myself that we are together in this moment. But in the same room is not the same as together, is it?

 

We are in close proximity, but we are not side-by-side. We are sharing space, but not sharing an experience.

 

This lesson I am learning with my son, I also need to learn it with my friends. Facebook, church services, grocery stores- there are many places in which I share space with people.

 

But is shared space enough? How might relationships deepen if I more intentionally pursued shared experience?

 

We cannot be together, truly together, until we move closer to one another.

 

Five Minute FridayThis post is linking up with Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. A weekly prompt with strict instructions: write for 5 minutes and post. No over-editing. No do-overs. An practice of freedom. A way to let go of perfectionism. An exercise for some not often used writing muscles. Read more posts or link up over there. Today’s prompt was: TOGETHER. (Note: I spend only 5 minutes on the writing, but I do take a little extra time to put together the image. I can't help myself.)