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The Beauty of Empty Space

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes BR564219000

My attention was snagged by the notion of blank space today as I contemplated an early morning blog.

My inbox shared thoughts by speaker Seth Godin, "Blank pages beg to be filled, and it helps to have them around."

I thought of the Chinese and Japanese art of space and found these thoughts, 
"Zen artists in particular appreciated the dynamic vitality created by empty areas. They saw in them a signifier of the Buddhist notion of emptiness as the ultimate reality. In this context emptiness doesn’t signify lack or something negative. Instead, it can be understood as an energetic field of infinite potentiality. "
and, "White spaces can be profoundly beautiful; full of mystery and promise, a reminder of the infinite potential that dwells within nature--and each of us. " Victoria Scarlett

Jan Risher shared, "The quietest moments my home knows are the minutes between when a party is supposed to start and the first guest’s arrival. They are empty moments full of anticipation."

My own calendar beckons today with a totally clear day - the agenda is blank.

What possibilities lie ahead of me today?

What will the absence of "busy"  bring with its possibilities?

Wishing you your own empty moments as you explore the day that is today.

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If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at Cara@SWDeserthomes.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Designated Broker, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes     520-909-2988   

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope your day is filled with meaningful moments.

My day began with my regular dental appointment for x-rays and cleaning. The good news was that all was well.

Apr 17, 2024 07:44 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Oh My...that IS good news Roy Kelley !!

Apr 17, 2024 07:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Cara - less is more, right? Happy Wednesday.  

Apr 17, 2024 08:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Cara,

I always like what Seth Godin has to say! We do need a blank pallet to be able to fill it with things that are important to us! Life balance is extremely important to me!

Apr 17, 2024 08:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Cara and love empty spaces when selling a home, it makes it look bigger.


Apr 17, 2024 09:46 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Ha ha...good point Will Hamm !

Apr 17, 2024 05:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great advice, Cara... and so long as the blank space isn't between the ears!

Apr 17, 2024 09:55 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Another excellent point, Nina Hollander, Broker .  Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 is too funny below.  :)

Apr 17, 2024 05:20 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I was appreciating the comments and when I saw the comment of Nina Hollander, Broker i realized she was talking about my day!

Apr 17, 2024 02:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 No I wasn't! :)))))

Apr 17, 2024 02:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Love this Cara- I particularly related to what Jan Risher said. I have that feeling when I'm expecting all of the family over for one of our big gatherings. Everything has been done, the table is ready and I have quiet time to sit and relax. 

Apr 17, 2024 07:20 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I think I'm always rushing pretty much "up to"...I should shoot for relaxation time!  Thanks for reading Kathy Streib 

Apr 18, 2024 07:38 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Cara, Blank spaces invite imagination, like when we're showing buyers an empty house. They can envision their own furnishings and decor within the home. It' a blank canvas waiting for them to paint their dream home!

Apr 18, 2024 04:53 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I agree, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 but sometimes, we get those clients that can't "see" the big picture.  I find this happens often when an owner has a grand piano in a "formal dining room" space or a pool table in a "Living room".  I also get a big kick out of descriptions from agents calling a dirt back yard a "blank canvas"!

Apr 18, 2024 07:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 20, 2024 06:28 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Thank you Kathy Streib !!

Apr 23, 2024 01:08 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Another takeaway is how many times do we need a piece of paper to continue a task ?

Apr 21, 2024 01:05 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I like the idea of blank space you brought to us. Likewise I like silence too. Both can be very relaxing. Neither implies nothingness, but both allow the mind to rest and be quiet.

Apr 22, 2024 07:49 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543. There's a lot of stuff out there on the subject -- must be something to it!

Apr 23, 2024 01:09 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


You've given us a lot to ponder! There can be something very refreshing about blank  space on your calendar...will something unexpected happen to fill the void or will you create that something rather than simply wait and see what takes place?


Apr 22, 2024 01:52 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS.  Funny, when you mention the word "ponder" I can't help but think of Michael Jacobs. What a brand he's got, eh?  That's a great question you ask!

Apr 23, 2024 01:11 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

I have an amazing agent who is going out of town to visit her sons who live in New York.  A quick trip of only 5 days.

As we were meeting today...she mentioned that she thought she had everything taken care of but some things have cropped up and may impact her while on her trip. 

She asked me if I would be available if needed in an emergency showing, etc.

She works in my hometown office 62 miles from my home. 

I smiled and showed her my calendar on my phone...and said "enjoy your trip...text or call if needed."

My calendar is entirely blanked out in blue until Sunday PM...all it says is: Brenda gone to NY.  No other meetings scheduled.

I told her...I will have time if needed...my schedule is blank on purpose!

Great seeing your blog Cara Marcelle Mancuso 

Apr 23, 2024 07:46 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

That is awesome that Brenda can rely on you.  Our small firm is similar in that we have 7 of us that can have each others' backs if need be.  I love empty calendar days - just so there isn't toooooo many in a row Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker 

Apr 25, 2024 09:44 AM