Say a word enough, it loses all meaning. These past three months in homes, hospitals, businesses and communities, space has been rendered sacred, scarce and semantically satiated.

Space yourselves. Give me space. We’re running out of space. Make space. I need my space. There’s no space for you. I don’t have a safe space. All in the same space. Space to think. Space to act. Equal space. Prominent space. Rethink the space. Hold space.

Losing sight of the meaning can feel unsettling, leading us to seek new words to define. Alignment with the familiar ignores the full potential of the word by attributing its expression to another, limiting context and stunting the growth of awareness.

Perhaps the lapse in immediate access to definition is an invitation to reconsider what we want a word to mean, what we make a word mean, why we make the choices we do and how we might proceed more intentionally with the engagement.

Consider the broad variety of definitions available for these five letters and their relationship to this time:

a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied:

So much p