How do you perceive empty?

How do you perceive empty?

Does empty scare you or excite you?

Does a blank page scare you with intimidation of creation? Or is it exciting and open? An empty shelf in your home: does it look empty and bare or is it basking in its own pure solitude? (Disclaimer: Marie Kondo has me giving inanimate objects feelings … ).

We’re cleaning out our house because we’re moving and the empty shelves feel like I’m losing weight. With each empty shelf I gain energy and clarity and the possibilities for the future open up as the clutter dissipates.

I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. — Arthur Conan Doyle

How does it look to you? Empty or full? Nervous or zen? [recently emptied shelf]

How does it look to you? Empty or full? Nervous or zen? [recently emptied shelf]

We’re giving away hundreds of books (I have photos). Our trash is full. We’ll be “sharing” some of our neighbor’s recycling bins this week. We’re purging, we’re moving and it feels fantastic.

Are our brains like attics?

What happens when we declutter our brains? Do you even believe it’s possible? How about at least temporarily? Even just a few minutes. If we could “empty” our brains, our minds, our thoughts and dreams and clean things out, wouldn’t we function better, more efficiently? This is meditation.

Why didn’t we do this sooner?

Why is decluttering so hard? If it feels so good, it must be good for you. People who move often must have this cleansing feeling on a regular basis.

So is purging every so many years a good, deep cleansing? Or would it be better to do it on a more regular basis? How about something like Every Single Day? Jus’ sayin’.

Do you have an empty shelf at home? How does it feel? I mean the shelf. How does the shelf feel?*

  • Possible: see empty
  • Impossible: see it filled
  • Repossible: fill the void

* If you don’t know how your shelves “feel,” you’ll need to read up on some of the magic of Kondo.

By |2017-07-06T14:21:03+00:00May 7th, 2016|Change, Perspective|1 Comment

About the Author:

Bradley Charbonneau was sitting with his 8-year old reading a bad children's book when he said to his son, "We can do better than this ... and you're going to help me." Then they did it. He hasn't stopped since.

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