Blank space isn’t scary, it’s essential

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It is easy to give into the temptation to celebrate an overstuffed calendar. Whether it’s full of social obligations or work commitments, we love to see our weeks, months, and years full. Full isn’t bad. Full is good. Figuring out the priorities of our days determines whether the full we have is good or bad.

To discern what is truly essential we need space to think, time to look and listen, permission to play, wisdom to sleep, and the discipline to apply highly selective criteria to the choices we make. (Greg McKeown, Essentialism)

In each of our days, we need some blank space to think, look, listen, play, and sleep. We need blank space that isn’t filled with an expectation of something happening. I’m so challenged to carve out these still small moments. Moments that are without expectation.

An empty page in a journal and calendar is hopeful and intimidating. That blank space is full of expectation, and the minute we write something down our minds and hearts set themselves up for meeting those hopes. We are constantly negotiating with ourselves about whether what happened met or failed to meet the expectation we had.

Create some space today for a still small moment to think, look, listen, play. It is good for our souls to have space without expectation to make the moment itself count, not the event or obligation. Happy Monday, friends.

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