By mid February, I am so over winter. I have a few snowmen decorations that I leave out past the holidays to adorn a shelf or windowsill and about this time, I just want them to melt away. They get packed up with the holiday decorations and I call in Spring with all that I have. This year, they sat on the windowsill above the kitchen sink. I had just freshened up the sill with a coat of paint in the Fall and it looked so pristine and clear once the snowmen were put away. I stood there one day with the sun beaming in and filling up this beautiful empty space. It was lovely. Clean, crisp, warm and so calm. As I puttered around dishes, dinner or sipping my coffee, I relished in the silence of that sill. I was at ease as it simply held the light or sometimes my racing mind. I began to notice that I turned to it morning after morning.
Recently, I dove into a new book, Clutter Intervention by Tisha Morris, I came to a section titled “The Fear of Empty Space”. All the words flowing on the page were about filling a space because we are afraid of what the emptiness or silence will reveal. Tisha relates that empty space to conversation, our calendar, an empty wall, silence filled with background noise. I was struck by my connection with the small empty space that I had created. I realized that when I feel stuck, the first thing I do is move a few things around, such as move the reminder of winter off of the windowsill despite it still resting on the ground outside. Making change in our space creates a sense of newness which opens us up to opportunity.
The next morning as I took in the sunrise over the empty windowsill, I began to truly appreciate what this empty windowsill gave me. Is there an area of your home or office that you can empty? Are you ready for a little silence, rest for your eyes and mind? As I continue down this path of creating space, I ask that you join me and see how it feels. Pick a space that you see daily. Maybe your bathroom counter. Just give it a go for a few days, weeks and notice how you feel when taking in that space. Whatever suits you and your life but find peace in the empty rather than fear.
I have tried this with our family room coffee table but this keeps happening (not staged. real life). I will continue to refine and encourage this sweet family to honor the empty.