#17: Unexpected Empty Space

It snowed today … giant, feathery flakes.

Both of my children had appointments, but they were cancelled due to the snow.

I thought about the night ahead – Clear, with nothing planned. Instead of running here and there, we would be together. We would have the luxury of taking our time. We would watch the snow from the window and smile.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. -J. B. Priestley

  • Exercise: Clear your schedule for one night – no appointments, chores, work emails or school. Really be at home when you arrive and take things slow. Don’t make plans on how you’ll use the time. Simply breathe in the empty space.
  • For more tips, read my post on mindfulness.

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1 Harper November 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

I love the peace and quiet of the first snowfall – in particular when it comes over night and you awaken to tranquil stillness that next morning. Love your idea of an “open evening” with the family. I love to build a fire in our living room fireplace and all just hang there. Great post!

2 Kel November 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I miss snow! The first really is magical. I’ve been working at making a less hectic schedule and a wonderful thing has come of it.
We sit down as a family and take turns reading from a fun book. Last night we finished the 3rd book in the Percy Jackson series. Sometimes some of us work on a puzzle while someone else reads. Sometimes we draw.
Anyway, it’s nice having a few of these empty evenings each week. It makes a difference.

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