The Presence of Absence

The presence and absence of a loved one is unlike anything else.  The Human spirit is capable of transcending the apparent laws of space and time, because the absence of a loved one isn’t really an absence at all, it is just the lack of being able to concentrate on their presence.  Is presence the absence of absence?  Absence can teach you what presence cannot.  People can be physically present, while at the same time being emotionally absent.

My absence of mind was always obvious when I was in your presence. I appreciate your presence so much that I will always recognize your absenceThe pain in my heart stemmed from the absence of your attention, so the remedy must be your presence.  The teacher was elated that her sick student finally returned to class as she was reading the note, “Please excuse my son’s long absence, as he was contagious and I did not want his presence to affect the health of your other students.”

The presence of passion is what makes good music and the absence of stimulation makes bad music.  Her mother told her to be aware that many men may fall in love in her absence, while she can fall in love in their presence. Philippians 2:12, which is thought to be written by Paul says, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God in the midst of war.

Like a missing tooth, sometimes absence is more notable than presence.  Do not strive to make your presence noticed, instead make your absence felt.  Sometimes it takes absence in order to value presence.  In Shakespeare’s play ‘King Lear’ the audience is made to crave the physical presence of Cordelia who is only on stage for a brief moment, because the tragedy of the play increases with the physical absence of Cordelia.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 6 January 2018 prompt of absence and presence.

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