July 22, 2010



Such a simple thing. Could be a pause to ponder or an eternity of waiting in those 3 little dots.

From Wikipedia: “An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence.”

If that description doesn’t inspire thoughts of beauty in you, you might not be a minimalist at heart or even at attempt. For me, ellipsis is the core of a lot of what I write. I use it more than I use a lot of more pertinent marks. I find it beautiful and insightful and the pause, for me, is the simplest way to evoke.

A pause in speech is silence. Silence is one of the most profound ways to connect with your inner voice, with nature. Silence is the best part of speech. It’s the best part of me, silence. I can ride my bicycle in the forests for 5 or 6 hours without saying a word. My closest friends will attest that I can drive for hours in the car with them without saying a word. Simple comfort in silence is the highest respect I can pay you as a person.

An unfinished thought is any thought, really — if a thought is “finished” it’s dead. We are all of us in transition, all the time, and our thoughts can be no exception. Constant transition. How beautiful.

Trailing off into silence implies that there is much left unsaid … that what is said is only the start. Once we realise we are in constant transition, every end is merely the start and every start is the end. The simple realisation that we never stop evolving is uber powerful.

Intentional omission is the foundation of minimalism: we leave things out because they are unnecessary, and retain only what we need or use or love. Omitting the unnecessary is a thing of pure beauty. Constant reassurance from things which are unnecessary is deemed “consumer” in my mind. Move from being consumer to being provider. Try it out sometime…

Say less, and hear more.
Do less, and have a greater impact.
Make less noise, and appreciate the silence.
Send out fewer emails, and make each one count.
Tweet less, and each one becomes more meaningful.
Have fewer possessions, and enjoy the space.
Have fewer “friends”, but make each relationship stronger.
Appreciate the spaces between everything.

Ed’s note: I have quoted the last 8 lines directly from another post, they are quite profound.

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