Working in Empty Spaces!


I know you are a little surprised by this prank of mine! But never mind. I was just trying out to make this post a little different! Something creative, I guess!

empty-space-imageCredits: Google Images

Well, I hope you enjoyed the above blank space. The empty space. This empty space needs to be filled with something, either work, thinking process, stillness or awakening of mindfulness which Eckhart Tolle , Leo Babuta and many Zen practitioners advocate.

But is it necessary always? This is my question. Though this would need some further discussion and therefore for today, just read what Umberto Eco, the author of famous novel, The Name of the Rose says.

According to Umberto Eco, the famous Italian writer, philosopher and a critic”… if you eliminate the empty spaces from the universe, eliminate the empty spaces in all the atoms? The universe will become as big as my fist…Similarly, we have a lot of empty spaces in our lives. I call them interstices…I work in empty spaces…Say you are coming over to my place. You are in an elevator and while you are coming up, I am waiting for you. This is an interstice, an empty space. I work in empty spaces. While waiting for your elevator to come up from the first to the third floor, I have already written an article!”

So, in a day, we have

24    Hours

1440 Minutes

and 86400 Seconds

And each day we are gifted with these invaluable moments and some of them are converted into empty spaces!

So, how do we spend these empty spaces is up to us.

How do we exploit and extract juice out of these empty spaces is up to us.

What do we draw on this huge canvas of every day making use of these empty spaces is up to us.

What to paint and how to paint on this every day canvas is up to us.

What to compose in this time frame of every day  and using these empty spaces is up to us.

What to do and what not to do  in every day empty spaces is up to us.

Therefore, how do we find these empty spaces in each day and create meaningful and creative things out of these is up to us.

So, why to blame others , circumstances, situations and problems in life for what is happening with us?

I think we must stop blaming others. Stop waiting for right moment and right time to take action. We must make this moment as the right moment. Just like I have done by writing this post and you are doing by reading this post. Find empty spaces in your life. And use them for yourself.

I am working on finding out mine, are you working on your own?


  • Devanshu Singh says:

    Smiley can’t really show the exact SMILE which, a reader’s face carry alllllll allllong reading this blog..i really enjoyed… A positively charged post.. Good one! 🙂 🙂

    • Pratibha says:

      Thanks for the reply…truly good one 🙂

      From little heavier posts, I tried to write this lighter one. Happy that my purpose is finally served 🙂

  • Rubal says:

    Empty spaces are so beautiful and relaxing, each one of us must use them fully!

    • Rubal says:

      Reading this feels like an empty space.

    • Pratibha says:

      Hahha…..very true dear!

      If we become conscious of these empty spaces, we could truly use them in many creative ways!

      I am very happy Rubal that you are reading my blogs!
      Many thanks and be blessed always!

  • Amit Kumar Singh says:

    Every one is suffering from emptiness into their lives but it does not mean that it will sustain for a long time. Make sure you do something which you feel can occupy these empty spaces. Thanks for putting special column called empty spaces.

    • Pratibha says:

      O wow Guru! I am truly impressed. Your acknowledgement and reading this post means a lot!
      millions and billions of thanks to You! Keep reading and keep commenting!

      Be blessed always!

  • Mugdha says:

    Sometimes empty spaces make you friendly with yourself!!!

    • Pratibha says:

      Very true Mugdha!Friendship with our inner self is very much important. And why not to use these empty spaces for that?

  • Mani says:

    As soon as I read the example which you have quoted about the time between the guest in elevator and arrival of guest at home the first thing came in my mind is that it may not be your empty space. I am sure you must be busy in doing last moment touch up of your house or yourself or may be something else.

    But its absolutely true that we have Empty spaces in our daily life and should be utilize well.

    • Pratibha says:

      You are absolutely right Mani.

      This is how we generally utilize our empty spaces. But yes, the message is, if we want to be more productive, we could use these empty spaces in our lives either in being more mindful and observant of the things around us, or thinking about giving our best results! In the case you mentioned above, I think, we must make our home look best!And that would be the true and judicious use of empty spaces!