Windbags, crying wolf and white space

So that was a bit of a let-down.


What does this say?

Cyclone Lusi was a bit of a windbag not at all the HUGE SCARY CYCLONE that the media and weather watch would have had us believe. I even went to all the trouble of moving the BBQ inside off the deck and turning the outdoor furniture into indoor furniture, and all for what?

Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Annoyingly, I don’t think the result of this humungous exaggeration is going to simply be mild-pissedoffedness, I suspect people are going to remember next time the weather service that cried ‘Wolf’.

Not to mention the over-anxious 14 year old who was requesting details of the Household Emergency plan on Friday afternoon, or the Englishman who was primed and ready to save his family from the wild wind. How will they react next time, when it actually might be serious and not just a windbag?

Despite the weather not being as bad as forecast I was up at 3am on Saturday with a violent tummy bug and spent the rest of the day in bed recovering. I guess I’ve been so busy and so worn-out lately my body decided to pull rank and order me in some R&R even if it had to involve me hugging the toilet in the wee hours of the morning.

Someone said to me last week that I am a colourful character and I live my life in vivid colour for all to see. I didn’t blanch at the idea, I suspect it’s true, but no matter how vivid life’s adventures are I know that everyone needs to stop if only for a moment.

To embrace the white space.

That visual rest between the image and the text in an on-screen message is vital to the meaning of the whole.

Those pixels of white space are quite probably the most important part of the entire campaign. It’s the white space that allows you to take your mind off the images your mind is programmed to see and use the respite to literally join the dots and see the understated message.

Have you ever stared hard at an image and seen one picture but looked away to the white space and on a second look you can see more images in the picture? Have a look at this image and tell me if you can see the animals and what they are.


How many animals can you see hidden in the trees? Hint: keep looking away and coming back to it to see more.

It’s the white space that gives perspective and the opportunity to see into the real meaning of a situation, just as it enables you to see the animals in this picture or read the words in the picture above at the top of this post.

Can you share a time when some ‘white space’ or ‘time out’ allowed you to get a new perspective on things? Or is it just me searching for meaning?

NB/ It says Bad eyes. Have a look at Optical Illusions if you’re into more of these kinds of image. ¬†They’re more fun than a Rorschach test.


'Windbags, crying wolf and white space' has 3 comments

  1. March 17, 2014 @ 3:48 pm Bronnie - Maid In Australia

    Embrace the white space. I like it. Glad you are feeling better x


  2. March 17, 2014 @ 5:09 pm Kathryn

    Ah… the ‘white space’, or ‘being’ as I call it. What a true gem it ALWAYS is!


  3. March 17, 2014 @ 11:53 pm MidlifeSinglemum

    Glad you survived the non-hurricane. I know what you mean about weather station crying wolf and i hope that doesn’t happen.


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