Content vs. space, action vs. rest, the finished vs. the unresolved – knowing when to yield to which is half the battle in creating the life we want to live.
A few weeks ago I gave my piano to a friend. My first reaction when she picked it up was to fill the empty space left behind in the living room. No sooner than the U-Haul carrying the piano was out of the driveway, we were off to Ikea to pick up a bookshelf, yet, once I got there something told me to hold off on the purchase.
A little voice inside urged me to sit with the unfinished, unresolved space for a while and wait and see what it called for.
This summer is our first full summer in our new home. One flowerbed at a time I am creating a space in our backyard that soothes and nurtures. Part of me wants to fill every nook & cranny immediately and make it look finished, yet part of me knows that creating nurturing spaces takes time.
A little voice inside is urging me to sit with this unfinished, unresolved space for a while and wait and see how we want to use it, to grow into it.
Last fall, after spending a few years on an intensified quest for meaningful work, I entered a period of what I now recognize as burnout. I pared back for an extended period of rest and slowly, energy and creative ideas are starting to resurface, but I’m not sure where to go with them yet.
A little voice inside is urging me to sit in this unfinished, unresolved space for a while and wait and see what feels right and joyful in moving forward.
The moral of this story, you ask?
Sometimes creating the life we want to live calls for sitting with the unresolved and making space for the new even when we don’t know what that looks like yet.
Sometimes we must let action and forward movement yield the way to patience, curiosity and trust to make sure we fill our spaces with the right content.
Where might you be asked to make space and yield the way these days?