While a blank new document is terrifying, a blank white wall is exhilarating. There is something about a freshly painted white wall that amazes me. It is not loud or overbearing, but is still able to command attention. It creates and opens spaces so the minds inside that space can do the same. It encompasses all and still oozes of pure potential.
This long weekend was filled with white walls.
First, at Sugar Studios, where I helped facilitate a planning retreat for the incoming student executive of UBC’s JDC West team. This space was a brilliant find on their part and it was a pleasure being in this space with them! High ceilings, huge windows, and endless white walls led to shoes coming off, Jason Mraz turning on, and coloured markers and post-its hitting the walls. As our day together progressed, they began to fill the white walls with some energy (and colour) to create a really strong vision and division of labour for the year. I left that retreat with a rejuvenated passion to coach the incoming team. I was literally buzzing. If anyone is looking for an unconventional way to up your game at your next off-site meeting – look into Sugar Studios!
Secondly, and literally later that day, I get a call from a building manager letting me know that my application for a new apartment was accepted! Which means I will soon have new white walls to surround myself with! Colour, pictures, new furniture arrangements. The pain and hassle of moving is only combated with the opportunity to design a new living space – a new space to create.
After all, we can only improve our current situation so many times before we need to start fresh. To clean the slate. To (re)paint it white.
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