I was talking to my husband the other day as we were trying to navigate a situation under current restrictions and he became increasingly frustrated before declaring, “I just want things to go back to normal!”
I agreed … kind of...
While yes, I do long for a sense of normalcy, I also recognize some of the silver linings that this past year has provided, and I won’t be so quick to abandon some new habits. The biggest takeaway being the way we were forced to slow down and take a break.
I have always been someone who likes to be busy and always on the go. There always seemed to be places to go and people to see. Somewhere along the line, I learned that if there was a blank space in my calendar, I needed to fill it. I felt most comfortable with a full schedule and a long to do list. Or, so I thought. What I have learned this past year is that we actually need blank spaces; in our schedules, in our minds and yes, even on our Zentangle tiles. By emptying our to do lists, we refill our cups.
Slowing down and leaving blank spaces allows us to notice things we may not have otherwise seen. It allows us to focus and grow in other areas of life and it takes away that feeling of obligation.
The same concept applies to our Zentangle art. It can be tempting to fill every inch of our tiles with wonderful and beautiful tangles, but there is something to be said for leaving a blank space.
Sometimes, a blank space allows us to grow and embellish another tangle that may have been lost otherwise.
Sometimes, a blank space relieves us of having to make a decision about what is next and enjoy the moment we are in.
Sometimes, a blank space is what makes the tile complete.
As we look forward to more promising times, I plan on taking a look at which parts of “normal” are worth returning to and where I can embrace some blank spaces.
As you pick up your pen to tangle this week, I encourage you to embrace the blank spaces both on and off your tile.
Share your Zentangle art on the Zentangle Mosaic app with the hashtag #BlankSpaces.
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