"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Mind the gap!

Sorry for the unexpected break from blogging.  I have been orientating myself to the wonders of the London Underground.  Please mind the gap between the train and the platform.

Gaps exist all over the place.  Sometimes the gap represents a chasm that should never be crossed, sometimes the gap requires building a bridge, and sometimes the gap simply needs to be negotiated.  Daily living requires knowing which type of gap you face, and that can be the hard part.

Sometimes you need to know if you are on the train or on the platform.

The scenery of the train changes.  You get on and things morph.  One minute you’re in the thick of the city, the next you’re catching glimpse of a field, and still in a coming moment you can’t even imagine why someone would have decided the train should run here.  There are no other roads in sight.

Until you get to the next platform.  You make a choice of whether you have arrived at the end of the journey, passively accept that people will board the train, or actively encourage others to board the train.  Once again, mind the gap between the train and the platform.

Orientating oneself to the gap instantaneously can be a bit of a struggle.  Sometimes the gaps that are the hardest are the gaps that require you to step up or step down.  I’ve never been praised for my vertical endowment.  Greeting a foot gap on the train is never all that enjoyable, particularly when I’m doing something important like carrying groceries.

You encounter strange companions on your journey.  Some people even appear to be traveling to your exact destination in exactly the same way.  You might even be so bold as to strike up a conversation.

I have been doing considerable processing of the gaps I have encountered living in a different country.  Some gaps are definitely noticeable; others can be downright intimidating.  But I’m here for the journey and meeting new people along the way.


One response

  1. Eli

    You’re a great writer, and I really should comment more often. That being said, thanks for sharing this with us. It is important to know how to mind the gap, great analogies.

    Thanks for sharing.

    19 November 2010 at 8:38 pm

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