Thankful thoughts – Emptiness

Thankful ThoughtsThis week in Thankful Thoughts, I’m writing about emptiness.

Most of the time, I think of emptiness as a bad thing.  I associate it with pessimism (a half empty glass) and lack.

But lately, I’ve been learning to see it as a blessing.

Emptiness is potential.

After the busy over scheduled hectic holiday season, seeing a few empty days on my calendar in January feels wonderful.   Those are days under my control.  Those are days filled with potential, not just emptiness.

An empty schedule can sometimes be exactly what I need to re-adjust my priorities.  A blank to-do list can give me permission to dream.

I’m thankful for an empty blank slate – for all the potential it represents.

Emptiness is abundance.

Right now, I get a huge smile when I look at an empty shelf in my closet.  I don’t see it as simple emptiness, I see it as a culmination of months of effort.  After everything was organized, culled, and stored away, my reward was an empty shelf. I have everything I need, including emptiness.

The empty shelf reminds me of the hard work involved in decluttering, simplifying, and organizing.  It keeps me motivated to maintain my hard-won emptiness.  I’m less tempted to make impulse purchases or simply plop things down in the first empty space.

I’m thankful for the simple reminder of emptiness and the satisfaction it brings.

Emptiness invites blessing.

Last spring, the day after we got our refrigerator, a neighbor knocked on my door.  I had an empty refrigerator, she was making a cross country move.  I was blessed with the contents of her refrigerator and freezer.  My emptiness left room to receive a blessing.

If I had already had a full refrigerator, I would have missed out on all the free food.

A few days later, a dear friend was struggling to rest0ck her replacement refrigerator and freezer on a microscopic budget.  I was blessed to be able to share my unexpected windfall with her – further extending my blessing.

Emptiness is blessing me, and I’m thankful.

I’d love to know what you’re thankful for today.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

 

 

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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