John Lennon sang that “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” Life in this case is something that we barely recognize because we are so invested in having everything run the way we think it should. We hang on white-knuckled, so afraid that something may go awry; that we miss what is really important about life.
White spaces are the occurrences and adventures that happen between the planned activities and compulsory duties. We work so hard to have free time, getting all our chores done. But then, we rush to fill the gaps, frenetically filling in the spaces that could otherwise be used in contemplation, re-assessment, re-booting.
The world of artists and graphic designers refer to white spaces as the portion of a page left unmarked; the space between images. White on a page is not wasted space. They are necessary for us to see the intended subject matter. They outline and give depth.
Sometimes there isn’t much room for ‘spaces in between’ because there is so much information that has to be transmitted, resulting in a busy sensory overload that is hard to manage. If there aren’t enough places for your eyes to rest, you miss out on what you are supposed to be learning that day. Mismanaging your ‘time between’ can make your day feel incomplete.
Filling your time with indiscriminate activities can actually be detrimental to your emotional and physical health. Our spirits cry out for sincere input and positive experiences. If you are fleeing from yourself, you are missing all the scenery that composes the time between. Living in the white spaces frees you to be so full of life that you can overcome the ‘gray’ areas of despair, anxiety, and depression.