“It is beautiful, it is endless, it is full and yet seems empty. It hurts us.” ― Jackson Pearce
Those words are from Pearce’s book “Fathomless” that, apparently is the third in a series of science fictions novels. While it is not my preferred genre, the title caught my attention and then the particular line quoted above. As we continue our “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Word,” series today’s brief conversation and picture focuses on the ideas of being full yet empty.
Have you ever experienced that?
Full Heart, Empty Spirit
Your heart is full but you are emotionally empty?
Your life and schedule are jam-packed with things to do and people to see but a lingering sense of emptiness is at your core?
Years ago, at the mid-point of my longest term relationship to date (16 years) that full yet empty feeling was upon me. We had packed our bags and dog, migrated to Canada full of hope at the promise of living in a relatively safe, orderly and prosperous country. Yet, after months and hundreds of job applications, the money that we came with was running out and there was no sighting of the better life we had hoped to find. It would take several years for things to start looking up, economically, and just as a sense of belonging was about to set in, the bottom of my world fell out. My partner left me for another and emptiness was all that remained.
What’s Your Experience?
That was an extreme experience of being full and yet empty. We all have our experiences of it – one of the most profound contrasts of life. As they say, you cannot know one without the other. You know what you had when you lose it. The same is true of fullness and emptiness – the half empty, half full glass. Criss Jami has an interesting take on this:
“Seeing the glass as half empty is more positive than seeing it as half full. Through such a lens the only choice is to pour more. That is righteous pessimism.”
What do you think? Share your thoughts on this in the comments below. As well, check out some of our other posts in this series, such as Who Are Your Friends?, In My Handbag, Keeping Up With Technology and more. Subscribe and stay in the loop, receiving updates of our posts, newsletter and other publications. Sign up now, it is FREE!