Planning the Space in Between

spaceLauree Ostrofsky wrote a brilliant post about negative space. The Japanese call it ‘ma’, the space between things. She asks what one would do if we planned the things between activities. What would our day look like if we only planned the down time instead of the fillers of time we usually dictate? She asks

“What would today’s calendar entry look like if you only listed the time between activities instead of the activities themselves? How would it change how you view your time?”

What would you do if you had a day of nothingness? Would you disappear? Or would your true self emerge?


  1. Bernadette

    April 18, 2009 at 4:47 am

    We were just given the gift of nothingness this weekend as all our plans were washed away with the rain. We are grateful for this gift and I even blogged about it on Slow Planet.

    1. powerofslow

      April 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

      It is raining today, too. We have had two weeks of Easter break with the kids, and we have noticed they are ready to return to their routine. Breezy nothingness is a marvelous thing. Enjoy your weekend!

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