Nesting: Vacuum

Vacuum (noun): a space devoid of matter – empty. Vacuum (noun): a term for a machine that picks things up from surfaces on which they are not to be – a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum as a verb: to clean with a vacuum cleaner. Derived from a Latin word that means empty, vacuum takes on many scientific, language, and household uses.

Scientific. Some systems create a vacuum to conduct experiments. Vacuum-pack in the food arena means to remove all air from a container and keep the food product in-tact.

Vacuum as a space devoid of matter describes the removal of objects that don’t belong in a space via a cleaning machine known as a vacuum. I guess. Because a vacuum cleaner does not remove everything in order to leave a space empty – it only removes the unwanted objects.

The phrase “living in a vacuum” means being in total isolation, having no contact or interactions with other people, other places, or activities outside of oneself. Living in a vacuum doesn’t seem possible. However, to be accused of living in a vacuum may mean that others see the accused as being out of touch with current events, daily happenings, and life itself.

Living in a vacuum may also be a self-description from someone indicating that things, activities, and people are missing from their lives. And, that these missing activities and people are wanted, or wanting to be found by the speaker.

The phrase “operates in a vacuum” means to take action(s) without consideration for others or without acknowledging the effects on others.

As a kid, “vacuum” meant the more enjoyable household task than dusting. Lifting and moving objects to dust versus moving furniture around to vacuum – no debate for me. I’d rather vacuum. I wanted to see the lines of progress in the carpet, to hear the clackety sounds of sand and dirt going into the vacuum. I wanted to know that my efforts resulted in a visible improvement. Still project oriented, I don’t mind vacuuming. It happens more often than dusting (thankfully no allergies require more frequent dusting).

How abut you? Vacuum or dust?

How about you? What vacuum of emptiness is in your life? Does it need filling? How will you go about filling it?

Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive during our workdays. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for a deep sense of home. –Jana

Jana Kemp

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