A few weeks ago we emptied out one of our spare bedrooms. It had housed a twin bed, a desk/chair, bookcases, and knick-knacks from a daughter who had since graduated from college and moved away several years ago. We gave away some of the furniture and boxed up the books and knick-knacks for safe-keeping until our daughter has room to take them off of our hands.
I looked at the empty room. All this open space lay before me, full of possibilities. I knew one thing for certain. I would replace the twin bed with a Queen bed (when kids grow up it's not terribly comfortable to sleep in the twin bed anymore!)
Something interesting and delightful happens after the bed is delivered and set up. I look at the bedroom space in a different way. I pull different pieces of furniture and accessories from other rooms in our home to create a cottage feel to the new guest bedroom.
It feels rewarding to recycle furnishings and possessions into new combinations that bring a sense of vitality, continuity, and renewal.
Emptying out space through the bedroom story I share leads me to the realization at a heart level that I want to experience my "inner space" in a different way. It really hits me when a friend mentions to me recently that she misses reading more posts from me. She finds them inspiring to read. In my mind I say to myself silently that I need time and space to fill up my "well," a notion that Julia Cameron stresses in her series of books on creativity.
Strangely, I am not in a place in my life where I feel overwhelmed or tired. Taking a blogging hiatus is not so much a reaction to something, as a sense that something else wants to come forward, and space is needed for that to happen.
I have been taking a blogging hiatus for several months, if I'm honest. I post infrequently and inconsistently. I dearly love reading certain bloggers, yet I have also stopped reading other blogs for the most part. Rather than delving into guilt, I notice where my energy wants to go. I come to the realization that I can give myself permission to take a break from blogging. I don't know yet if it's a temporary break or a permanent one; if it will last a few weeks or months.
It seems strange to me to let go of something that I actually enjoy. But I trust that there is a "season" for everything. Announcing this in a public way makes the break real to me. I give myself the "good to go" signal to clear space for new growth.
Things will be quiet from this end for some undetermined time. Yet you can count on me to keep you "posted" when the time comes for me to do that. Be well.