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Making Room

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One of my favorite questions for reflection and conversation at this time of year is:

What do you want to make room for this fall?

I like this question because not only does it encourage you to think about what you would like more of in your life, but also about how you can make that happen.

Sometimes making room is literal: clearing a bookshelf for materials for a new project, or decluttering a closet to bring ease to your daily routine.

Sometimes making room needs to happen in your schedule: making the commitment in your calendar for a dance class or a family trip, or creating regular time in your day for meditation or exercise.

Sometimes making room first happens with a mindset shift: to be open to spontaneous socializing or looking out for opportunities for deeper conversations with loved ones.

This is a question that might be easy for you to answer, or one you need to reflect on and return to multiple times. I like to journal my responses over a few days to see what comes up that I didn’t initially realize. Once you figure out what you’d like to make room for — whether abstract or tangible — then you can begin taking steps towards making that happen.

For example, because it’s easy for me to get caught up in the busyness of my days on campus, I’d like to make room for more sustained conversations with colleagues this fall. Some of the ways I might make room include: keeping a mindset of curiosity and openness to possibility; building time into my schedule this fall for coffee or lunch plans; and taking the first step in reaching out to people I’d like to spend more time with.

What would you like to make room for this fall? Let us know in the comments!

[Creative Commons licensed image from flickr user Ian Burt]

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