Between this meaning, between the words and between the letters, is space.
The words always get much more of our attention but both words and space are necessary to meaning.
A page with only marks on it is all black. Unreadable. Meaningless.
And the more space around the words, generally, the more they mean to us. That’s one of the reasons a page of poetry is more eloquent than, for example, a dense page of legalese.
As with writing, so with life. We have the content of our lives – the thoughts, feelings, events, experiences, stuff, people. The ‘thingness’ of life, if you like. This we notice.
But also always there is the ‘no-thingness’. The space that lies within, around and beyond.
It too is necessary. It is what opens out those thoughts and feelings, those events and experiences, those people to us.
Nothing is what makes everything.