Negative Space

The Whitney Museum of Art defines negative space as “…the background of the area that surrounds the subject of the (art) work.”

I am applying this concept to what is transpiring during this pandemic. During this “negative” time period, much of this negativity has served to highlight the good in people. Look at YouTube or watch the news and see examples of people helping people during this time of crisis. Someone like Third Wave founder Alison Thompson, who has traveled the world providing aid after natural disasters. Or, chef José Andrés who feeds the hungry and provides meals for frontline doctors and first responders. The good is always there, waiting to be exposed (no pun intended).

In an earlier blog post, I refer to another concept from the art world: foreground/background and suggest adopting a photographer’s perspective. People who need to reinvent must “…decide what to keep in (their) FOREGROUND and what to put in the background.” Right now, when the projected job loss is expected to reach 25%, we all must maintain focus and set our sights on what’s next (foreground).

Recently, an essay I wrote was published on Arianna Huffington’s publication, “Thrive Global.”  The article is based on another time of crisis in our country’s history, 9/11. I share my own experience, which was the most difficult time of my life, and what I learned… and am still learning to this day.

Read the full article — “For Workers Who Have Lost Their Jobs Due to COVID-19: 3 Lessons Learned from My Husband’s Layoff After 9/11” — on the Thrive Global website.

I would love to hear how YOU are coping during this challenging time.  Please leave me a comment.

Take care of yourself! The world needs your positivity during this negative space!

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4 thoughts on “Negative Space

  • April 30, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Great article

    • May 1, 2020 at 4:03 am

      Thank you! My hope is that people feel less alone after reading it, especially during these surreal times.

  • August 12, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Love the focus on positive/negative and especially foreground/background. In my lifelong meditating journey I find this applicable. Sometimes I am stuck in my foreground self (personality) and sometimes free flowing from my background self(sense awareness/soul). What is so wonderful about expressing from background is that everything there potentially exists in a fully enlightened way. Meditating can help bridge our Foreground and background selves for a living a more enlightened life…

    • September 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Rod! Your comment about meditation bridging the foreground with the background is thought-provoking. What comes up for me is the need for all of us to try and lead a seamless, well-integrated life…easier said than done. Thanks again.


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