A Beautiful Life: The Five W’s of White Space
This week I’ve got a new article at No Sidebar about cultivating white space in our lives so we feel as great as our decluttered home looks!
Green was all I could see as I drove the windy backroads I hadn’t driven on in almost twenty years. The roads were familiar as friends, but the green—that deep, spring lush of Washington in early June hung like the essence of a dream that I couldn’t quite remember.
I gently hugged each curve in the enviable forest green Jeep Wrangler my parents bought when I was sixteen, still as cool as ever, and I could hardly take my eyes off the life of color all around me. How had I forgotten this? How did I grow up with this vibrant scene every spring and never notice the explosion of green and growth?
I was in my hometown, alone without my husband and kids, for the first time since my oldest was born and this green spectacular that Washington State is famous for—that and the rain—overwhelmed me from the inside out. I could hardly keep my eyes on the road.
The energetic nature that passed by as I shifted from third gear to fourth, then cruising in fifth gear until the next curve forced a down shift back to third—it was all together mystifying and clarifying.
I felt the fog lift for a tender moment, alone, a space where the tension of visiting family during crisis and the life waiting for me in California dissipated. For a twenty-minute drive, the green farmland and copious Evergreens became a much needed white space.
From the outside, some might assume the white space of the minimalist life is a literal term—white walls and empty space to contrast the black tee-shirt uniform, potted succulent on the window sill, and a single metal chair.
But white space is much more than a color palette or furniture preference. White space is the wide open places in our day that gives clarity, rest, creativity, and soul restoration. It’s the space we cultivate from our schedules and circumstance so our insides match the minimalist outsides we aspire to.
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