Book Discussion: Empty Spaces

The Hebrew King Solomon wrote in the Book of Ecclesiastes

“there is nothing new under the sun”

and while I agree, I find it doesn’t stop us from describing old things in extremely creative and new ways.

Therefore, when I hear a new term, I’ll immediately ask, “What does that mean?”  And even those within earshot may think, “wow,  she’s really sheltered or nerdy.” It’s not that at all.

Chances are, I’ll know the definition but in a different context.

This happened to be the case when a friend shared some gossip regarding a celebrity who had recently appeared in the tabloids.  He said he knew one of the two women who joined in on the “Weekend Binge” with the unnamed triple threat celebrity.

In this context,” Weekend Binge” meant:

a weekend stay in the hotel room, fu<%ing in every way imaginable, only breaks are to eat and sleep.

I wasn’t impressed by the action, but I was curious to know how the women rated the star’s “performance.

I never received the answer to my question, but I did get what I call “T-M-I (too much information) about the celebrity’s alleged sexual appetite.

Then I was disillusioned by the fact, if true, someone who I believe is talented beyond compare had such pedestrian desires.

I don’t know why I was surprised, though; I’ve learned throughout my career, whether it was in journalism, development, or even working as a stewardess, the more amazing the feats we accomplish in public life, the more boring our pursuits behind closed doors.

Unfortunately, the reverse seems to be true too. If our public exploits are next to nil, the more outlandish and/or egregious is our private activity. Whatever we do in public is in direct proportion to what we do in private.

Yet, the goal of filling “empty spaces” itself is commonplace once you hold the activity up to the light.
We humans seem to find the most unimaginative ways to fill our “empty spaces.” Sex, drugs, overindulgence of sorts, whether eating, talking, shopping, gambling, hoarding, doting on and hovering over our children, etc.   Even Solomon admits to pursuing every aspect of life to find meaning.

Yet, it seems that we humans find it nearly impossible to “just be.”   Or, as Solomon advised, “to be happy with one’s lot and find satisfaction in work.”

Still, as sad as Solomon, someone who was described as the wisest during his time, seemed to be through his writings in Ecclesiastes, his words,

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

may hold the key to life.  All that is on the outside is “meaningless.”

The difference is after Solomon finished his whining, he mentioned he enjoyed everything because they were at the Hand of G-d.

I’m not a religious person, but I do believe the concept of Solomon’s G-d is a lot like LOVE…

Nothing outside of you can fill you up, especially when all you ever need is the LOVE and Joy that’s on the inside.

Remember it’s The Divine inside is what fills the “empty spaces.”

So, while this triple-threat celebrity sought to find his ‘Heaven‘ in a Weekend Binge, at least it’s good to know we never leave home without it.

Review:  I give 4 out 5 star rating for “Ecclesiastes” – although the lecture is powerful and timely – the author (Solomon) repeats himself a few times too many.

I selected quite a few favorite quotes from the book but, as a writer,  this one made me laugh out loud.

 “But, my child, let me give you some further advice:

Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.” 12:12 

Oh Stewardess: A Four Year-Old Startup’s End-Run to Success

UPDATE: According to Barbados Today (March 30, 2019), Fly Jamaica Airways' board of directors citing financial difficulties, including a lack of aircraft. announced they ceased operations on March 31, 2019.  A Boeing 757 was lost in the FLT 256 runaway crash landing on November 9, 2018, at Guyana's Cheddi Jagan International Airport. ~ July 21 2021

In business, as in sports, sometimes you must go around an obstacle to achieve your goal.  According to the NY Amsterdam News, that is exactly what the black-owned and operated Caribbean-based startup airline did to finish in the black this year.  

While other small airlines in this arena are reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy or filed for bankruptcy protection, Fly Jamaica Airways, owned mainly by Captain Ronald Reece and his wife Roxanne, is about to purchase their next aircraft.

They’ve also opened an office in Brooklyn, the heart of the district of their customers. Remember when an airline actually had a brick-and-mortar office? I do, but I’m from Generation Jones. But I digress.

Here’s how the startup did it. When they couldn’t get licensed in their country, Guyana, referencing possible nepotism, decided to go to neighboring Jamaica, WI. They received an operating certificate from Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority in September 2012.

Stabroek News, A Guyanese publication, indicated that the United States gave clearance to the airline in late December 2011, allowing them to schedule US airports flights. Fly Jamaica Airways finalized their schedule to operate out of JFK International Airport to Toronto, Canada, Jamaica, and Guyana.

More of the story in the NY Amsterdam News -

Have you ever had to use an end-run tactic to (legally) achieve your goal?

How did it work out for you?