Architecture is the art of wasting space

Philip Johnson

A pessimist will always see the glass as being half empty whereas an optimist will see it as being half full. Nope, I don’t buy that. I think that sometimes we need to see the gaps in order to appreciate what’s there. If you’ve just drunk half a glass, then refilling it might just be the motivation you need to find more of the same. Seeing the glass as half full might just be making you complacent.

Some of the scariest horror films don’t show the gore, they leave it to our imagination. Is the film half-empty, or half full? Neither, because what it lacks in the obvious is filled in by the imagination.

Ever watched a game of football played by small children? A teams starts as a busy cloud of kids chasing the ball around. But as they get coached they learn about spacing – creating emptiness between each other. Spacing makes the game work better. We need space, we need emptiness. I don’t think that makes us negative. I think it helps us to appreciate what’s there more. So, how could we look at the half-empty glass in a more positive light? Firstly, by not believing that seeing what’s absent automatically makes us negative. Go forth and seek space, find what’s absent, and root out the missing. For there lies the inspiration either to fill it with something new.

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This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington

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