Leaving Space In New Beginnings

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Though already nine months into the year, Sep­tem­ber always feels like a new begin­ning to me. A joy­ful one of shift­ing tem­per­a­tures, vivid colours, crisp­ness and tex­ture. Oh how I adore this time of year.
 
We awaken from the stupour of the heat and shake off the slug­gish­ness of lazy (albeit) bliss­ful days on the patio or at the splash pad. Our wits sharpen with the tem­per­a­tures, and we GET. BACK. TO. IT…be it work, rou­tine, or school, with a goal in mind.
 
For a moment’s breath, the slates are clean and the can­vasses are blank. And it’s lovely to behold.
 
With said goal in mind and with the knowl­edge that this new begin­ning is the first leg in the jour­ney to that end­point, we take a deep col­lec­tive inhale, and then: ATTACK! Fill that can­vas! Plug those holes in the cal­en­dar! Write those words (no…you can do bet­ter…COME ON, write another 500), by GOD, do NOT leave any room! More is MORE, PEOPLE!
 
And hun­kered down, like the nav­i­ga­tor whose nose is buried in the map, we miss it. The won­der around us.  And within us.

Let’s Try This

While it is true that to begin some­thing we must envi­sion what we are cre­at­ing in its com­pleted state, I invite you to con­sider what it might be like, TRULY be like, to cel­e­brate the jour­ney from “here”…to “there”. To slowly taste our way through the cre­ation of the soup using fewer ingre­di­ents, rather than rac­ing to pro­duce the recipe-perfect end-product. More unami? More spice? Is it tar­ragon that’s want­ing to show up? Taste. Pause. Then repeat. And leave some room.

Approach the can­vas with your vision in mind, and rel­ish every stroke. Have it be fun and dare to have it be incom­plete. Then mar­vel in the riot of colour on that can­vas AND what remains pos­si­ble in the white space you’ve left. It may be more com­plete than you ever imagined.

Leave your­self room to tin­ker with your recipe. Leave white space on your canvas.

Write fewer words. Speak fewer words.

What’s avail­able now that it’s not all been said? {Hint: Your answers lie in your abil­ity to engage your intu­ition, your capac­ity to lis­ten deeply and your open­ness to your curiosity.}

“Live in a space of let­ting go.” ~ Oprah

Hold­ing space can also mean mak­ing space:

End­ing the rela­tion­ship that has been toxic for so long to make room for the one that yearns to begin.
 
Let­ting go of the story and bask in the glo­ri­ous lib­erty of the truth.
 
Releas­ing the pat­terns that bind and cel­e­brat­ing the move­ment now avail­able.

And as I begin my fall projects (of which there are many), I will keep time in my cal­en­dar to flit­ter and flut­ter. Over­plan­ning kills cre­ativ­ity. So does clamp­ing down and crowd­ing.  Always.

This fall, I choose to view the blank can­vas with an eye towards com­ple­tion, yes, and a com­mit­ment to white space. Leav­ing some and mak­ing some.

I will allow my cre­ativ­ity to blaze in this place of expan­sive­ness. And to savour what’s newly possible.

Will you join me?


by Tanya Geisler

Clar­ity. Action. Achieve­ment. Joy. Tanya Geisler is a CTI-certified coach (a.k.a. “cat­a­lyst, not ther­a­pist”) and speaker who believes that life is a grand production…and it’s time for you to step into your star­ring role. And radi­ate. Right now.
Tanya Geisler
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Chrysta Bairre September 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love the beautifully simple idea that overplanning kills creativity. It’s an idea that inspires me and I choose to put into practice in my life.

Though I prefer to stay productive, I will be mindful to allow some time to think, to feel, to experience the life I am creating. The prize is not the promotion, or the car, or the destination, the prize is living a valued and happy life each moment, regardless of what comes next.
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Tanya September 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Am inhaling this deeply into my chest “the prize is living a valued and happy life each moment, regardless of what comes next”…and shivering with resonance.
Thank you.

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Tia Sparkles Singh September 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

TANYA GEISLER! There is a book dying to be written here – your words enraptured me and took me into my childhood days reading by the window on a rainy day. Wowza! Yes to white spaces. Yes to colouring (outside the lines). Yes to self nurturing! Thanks for the reminder, swee’pea.
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Tanya September 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Oooh, and thanks for visiting me here, in the beautiful living room Lance has invited us into. And for the reminder to read by the window on a rainy day. It’s been far too long since I’ve done that.
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Jennifer Richardson September 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

oh so thoroughly beautifully true!
basking.
just basking:)
pure awesomeness….ever so much thanks
for sharing.
-Jennifer

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Tanya September 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Jennifer…what a lovely acknowledgment. Thank you.
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Keith September 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

Tanya,

YES, I will certainly join you. How this post speaks to me today! You know how it is when you KNOW something but you still need to be reminded (kicked in the pants)? That is what your words did for me today! And as Chrysta said, overplanning KILLS creativity, and creativity is what sets my spirit free. Thank you

Lance: Way to my friend! Another fantastic Jungle Writer! :-)
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Tanya September 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Thrilled to have you by my side, Keith. Just popped by to read your last post, and I can tell that we have much to talk about on our path.
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Jen September 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I could fill up a huge page of accolades on your writing….it is SO SO BEAUTIFUL.
But, fewer words. More space. Relishing the compact wisdom in your post.
Thank YOU Tanya, and thank you Lance!
In Harmony,
Jen

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Tanya September 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

And I’m relishing the sublime joy that you radiate. Thank you.
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David Stevens September 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Tanya,
Every moment is a ‘new beginning’ for me in some shape, form or thought. We down under are well into Spring,my thoughts are on my goals for the next 90 days & getting a headstart on 2012.
I like to plan but plan not to over do it. I’m with you, overplanning can kill creativity. Often, you just have to do it…..less words, more traction then action. I’m feeling inspired already. Thank you.
be good to yourself
David
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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

David…I loved it so much I used your phrase “more traction than action” today in a coaching call with a client. It was well-appreciated. Thank you. And happy Spring to you!!!
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David Stevens September 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thank you Tanya
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Jennifer Powter September 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Love this Tanya!!! I feel the same way about fall – a new beginning and yet I can feel the “must get everything done” part of me taking over. Beautiful writing about such an important topic. I’ll remember these words!
xoxo
Jen
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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

So lovely to have you visit here, Super Star! Thank you.
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Evelyn Lim September 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Hello Tanya,

It’s the first time I am reading an article from you. It used to be Lance’s. I enjoyed your writing very much. Your post is beautifully written. I love what you said: overplanning kills creativity. You have now given me the perfect answer on why I sometimes find it hard to stay on plan.

It’s great that you are now a writer here on this site. I look forward to reading more!

With love,
Evelyn
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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thank you for such a lovely welcome. I am thrilled my words resonated with you.

Sometimes staying on plan feels like “white knuckling” and forcing. And rarely are we able to produce our best work from that space. It’s nice to take a step back. And fruitful.
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Debbie @ Happy Maker September 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Hi Tanya,

I love the a new seasons. It is like out with the old and in with the new. It is nature at it’s finiest. Love this post and the story it tells.
“Overplanning kills creativity. ” and it makes for to busy in life. We always need to take time to enjoy the moment and not worry or think abou the next moment until it arrives like a new season waiting to be born.
Blessing to you and thank Lance for sharing Tanya’s post with us.
Debbie
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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

Thank you for that visual: a new season waiting to be born. YES. Less forcing, more appreciating. And “Happy Maker”? LOVE THAT!!!
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paul willis (@sonsothunder) September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Thank you Tanya,
This was a wonderful reminder. Love the illustrative culinary, canvas you used to paint this truth.
God Bless You
paul
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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

Paul? Get to know me…I’m allll about the culinary ;) Thanks for your words and presence.
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Amy E. Smith September 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

LOVE! What an amazing reminder… and something I really needed to hear. Seriously. I realized as I read this that I have not been leaving much white canvas… and JESUS! What I really like to do is paint and have creativity and flow and freedom and here I am crowding myself out of creative space! Thank you so much for this… allowed me to intentionally think about how I want to craft my Fall. xo

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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

“Crowding myself out of creative space”…that just conjured a funny image for me: you in a kiddy pool putting in so many toys that there’s no room for you to get in and splash around.

Please DO step back and create spaciously…we need your creation. xo
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Ashok Gaikwad September 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks…lovely post……

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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 11:59 am
Megan Bord September 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hi, Tanya,

Thank you for this beautiful post and a reminder to savor the moment I’m in. I’m embarking on a new adventure and a new phase in my life currently, and I’ve seen myself wanting to quantum leap to the end result. Even as I sit here, typing this comment, I’m sort of forgetting to really look around me and behold the beauty that is NOW; this in-between state of not yet there and not where I used to be.

Mindfulness makes room for joy; wandering thoughts (distraction or focusing too far ahead) forget about it.

Wishing you joy as you create on a fresh, clean canvas and may every stroke be mindful!

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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

You have such a way with words, Megan…I felt lulled into a beautiful place just reading them. Excited to learn about the new adventure. May it be exactly what you intend for it to be.
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Andrew Walker September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Hi. Thanks for sharing this. It’s a very,very motivating post!
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Tanya September 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

THRILLED to hear it!
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Stephanie St.Claire September 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Autumn is my favorite time of year, Tanya, and you really set the mood for me! My favorite part: “Hold­ing space can also mean mak­ing space:…Let­ting go of the story and bask in the glo­ri­ous lib­erty of the truth.”

Ah yes, this is the best way to start fresh. I found that to be true over and over. Thank you for writing such a mind-clearing and liberating piece! I’m ready for the new season. xoxo
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Tanja September 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Here in New Zealand, we’re just heading into Spring in September, which means everything is starting to come alive and grow after the sleepy, fallow winter months. But I think the need to hold space open is just as relevant at this time of year as well: after all, if there’s no space for something to grow into, it can never truly flourish or thrive. Thank you for the reminder :-)
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Celestine September 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

I’ve seen myself wanting to quantum leap to the end result.Thanks for sharing this.I love it amazing reminder..
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Noel September 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

It’s October when I read this post but it’s still a great month! I love how you illustrates the importance of leaving some space in life, Tanya – the space that allows creativity, possibility and surprises! So come what may, we should just enjoy the moment :)

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