More About Nothing?

I like the concept of Nothing, as in “no-thing” or “not-a-thing”. Overwhelmed daily by many things, bombarded in the news with disasters and tragedies, and well aware that the bills have to be paid at the end of the month, the vacation saved for, and something put away for a rainy day – if at all possible; these are the “facts” of daily life, always present, always there. And then there is Nothing. There must be a place where there is Nothing, just as there is this place where there is something (a lot of somethings!). How do we reach this place of Nothing?

I listen to the radio about the latest scandal involving deforestation, poisonous chemical fertilizers and poisonous meat from Brazil, USA and Europe (we use the feed, the four to five kilos of contaminated Genetically Modified (GM) soybean that goes into every kilo of beef). Then there’s that number in the back of my head; 24,000 children dying of starvation, every day. A new Coal burning plant every week opening in China. Drought in Africa. The list goes on . . .

It’s easy to get upset, talk about who to blame, who’s fault it is. I do it, we all do it, it’s OK, it’s normal. We live in duality, or at least we think we do. It’s me and you, night and day, boy and girl, black and white, right and wrong. And that is where the trouble starts. Where am I going with this? Does it make a difference? I don’t know.

Some-things are not going away. We will have to find ways of living with these facts, accept them, make peace with Some-things.

Nothing is interesting, that is; No-Thing is interesting, or: it’s the No-Things that are interesting, they stay. Confusing? This is just the beginning. And that’s the idea, anyway.

So we have something, and we’re looking for Nothing? How do you look for Nothing? If it’s Nothing, you can’t know what it is, and if you know what you’re looking for, you know it, so it must be something. We’re drowning in some things, some things are killing us, so we begin to understand that we want Nothing, how do we go about finding Nothing? While we continue to live with some things.

That is the question.

For me, it’s all about choosing to Stop, Reflect & Listen . . . in a big way. Observe your life, observe your thoughts, make it into something you do. Who are you? Where are you? What are you? Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be, What do you want to be? Everything is possible when Nothing is in the way.

I’m looking for Nothing, maybe we can meet there; Nowhere,  Now – Here?


About christersoderberg

Living and growing up in nine countries has left strong impressions on the background of Christer Söderberg, helping to create an awareness of the impermanence in life and the uncertain value of knowledge; illustrating the paradox between knowing and what we may do well to “unlearn”. Christer has worked with companies in six countries on four continents, most recently in Brazil where between 1998 and 2002 he started a subsidiary for a Swedish Multinational. Studies in business and a lifetime of social entrepreneurship have further cemented his belief that the only thing we can change is ourselves. This lifelong endeavor expresses itself in creating the conditions for change through places, physical and virtual spaces where the individual can feel safe in him/herself; at least enough to stop, reflect and listen to the world we live in. We exist in our relationship to each other, our environment, and ourselves. Through observation and silence, preferably in close communion with nature, a “zero perspective” can help stimulate the questions surrounding our purpose and a meaningful contribution while on earth. Increased awareness of individual potential plants seeds for long-term success; Open World initiatives help awaken the hidden potential in individuals, creating new perspectives on cooperation and personal development. Increased focus and balance help provide a strong base for individual and business growth, with a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility, respect and awe for the power in nature.
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