Susan asked a great question in the comments on this post. She wondered if the book "Creative Time and Space" would be a relevant read for her. She's not - and never intends to be - a professional artist. Like many of us, Susan has many interests and hobbies. Where do you fit them?
Negative spaces on my calendar beckon me.
In the quiet evenings ... perhaps the needle and thread, or my paints? What is calling? Productive is done for the day.
In this blogpost, I talked about having Plenty of TIme. All day long we are chasing something: a deadline, the kids, the structures built into our lives. The richness of the hours and moments are lost when everything is a "have to" instead of a "want to."
Positive and negative space: one informs the other in every aspect of life, yes?
Suppose you have an opening on your calendar and someone asks you to do something. Do you always say "yes?" If the the days are already too full before and after, I politely decline and capture those empty spaces. I won't finish a book that I'm not enjoying. If a project (like that danged bathroom curtain) is not working out for me, I leave it. Eventually, after playing with it for a time :)
And you? How do you find those little areas of space. It is like the yoga breath: breathe in, reach up, and breathe in deeper.