The Power of an Empty Shelf

A New Discovery: The Power of an Empty Shelf

It’s a simple but powerful thought this week:

Once again, Gretchen Rubin inspires me.

Somewhere, keep an empty shelf. An empty shelf means possibility; space to expand; a luxurious waste of something useful for the sheer elegance of it.

Love that!

But, I must admit, it is hard for me to do. I’ve made a lot of memories in my life and managed to hang on to most of them, it seems. Instead of a clean desk policy, I like to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite people and politely describe my mess as “piles of interests.”

Nevertheless, I’m discovering there is power in cleaning up, clearing out, and leaving empty spaces. It feels good, even encouraging, to have a place ready to receive whatever is next in my mission to stay strong and try new things this year.

When we empty a shelf, we clear out what is no longer relevant so that we can invite the possibilities. We create a vivid visual reminder that letting go is part of growing.

How about you? Have you found satisfaction or encouragement in leaving a shelf empty? Tell me about it I’d love to know.

My best – always,

Becky  (Nana B)

P.S. Honored to be featured by the good folks at I was both challenged and inspired by their thoughtful questions.

P.P.S. Enjoyed recalling some special memories about Dad on Father’s Day. I hadn’t realized the timing of our books!

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