Sandhill Crane at Sunset - Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico
It might help if I described this place 'between' with a few more details. Literally, it's the place between positions. It's the place between the rational mind and the feeling heart. It's the place between order and confusion. It's the place between euphoria and pain. It is the place where Yin and Yang meet, where hot and cold merge, where black continues into white. It's a place that's difficult to define because we tend to live on one side of or the other - we do not live on it. Yet, when we were kids, there were no lines. When we were younger, we lived oblivious to borders.
Now, those seams define our lives yet we have no idea they exist. We tend to live on one side of seam or the other. Instead of seeing something where the sides come together, we only see a gulf when looking towards the other side. The gulf appears impassible and distinct. We are so firmly rooted in our side that we are surprised to find our side cannot exist without the other. Light can not live separately from dark. Black is defined by white. Good only exist because of evil. There would be no life without death. Without the joining of the two sides, neither side would exist. That seam, the space 'between', is important.
Why is this place important? Because recognizing and living on the seam, holding both sides as valid simultaneously, gives rare insight. It gives a view of the world others firmly rooted on their own sides can't see. It's like being on an earth where everyone only knows their side and therefore thinks the earth is flat. There is no crossing over. There is no other perspective. Yet you, in that space 'between', can see the earth is not flat. There is life beyond that boundary. It's like knowing there are three dimensions in a world full of people who are only aware of two dimensions.
I'm bringing this up because there is much magic that can happen when you live on that seam, in the place 'between.' When working a big project and you get stuck on a yes or no question, perhaps there's a better position than simply answering yes or no. Perhaps there's a more insightful perspective than simply sitting on one side of the seam versus the other.
Today's day and age is full of challenge some of which our previous training has us ill-prepared to deal with. In our aviation world, there's an assault on how we train, what's required for qualifications, for what's expected of us. The assault is led by many who have no perspective of the intricacies of aviating, yet their threat is real. Without burying our craniums in the sand, what can one do when things such as a common language might not exist. The easy answer is to be creative--to imagine what's not possible. But, what's that? Well, perhaps sitting on that seam, operating where the perspectives shift is the position where creativity can spring forth, to see solutions where none were available before.
The challenge is to avoid being firmly rooted on one side or the other, to see those spaces 'between' for solutions to vexing problems This thought process is only a model. The model is not the 'truth' in that truth comes in many forms. Thinking about that seam, where the space 'between' lives, will definitely give you insight you didn't have previously.