Leaving Space In New Beginnings

by Tanya Geisler on · 35 comments

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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