What Does It Mean to ‘Be Content?’

What Does It Mean to ‘Be Content?’

woman-1030920_1920“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

The above quotation is from Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher writing in the 6th century BCE, and the presumed founder of Taoism and author of the Tao Te Ching. When I read this saying, I think how very similar this message is to the message we have been writing about for several months now: the Sign of Enough and knowing clearly the answer to the question “how will I know when I have enough?” We have had many years to learn this, and many of us seem to be on the path, just awakening to it, or available for the message any time now. Because it is time.

There are many things to fuss and fume about. There is the political situation in the United States about which many of us are in real despair. There is the current and growing economic inequality in this country. There is the fact of the deep racial prejudice, which recently and rightly has been thrust into the forefront of our attention. There is the seemingly constant assault on our environment and our on-going two steps forward and one step back approach to solving some of the problems. There are the myriad serious difficulties around the world including the constant threat of terrorism, the heart rending refugee crises with no win-win answers, ancient border, ethnic and religious disputes. The list seems endless.

In the midst of all this, how can we, with Lao Tzu, “rejoice in the way things are?” Does doing so seem at best childish and irresponsible? I think not. I think adding to the sense of woe accomplishes nothing, and, at least for me, makes me feel completely impotent. From that place, I can take no action. As the teacher Abraham says, “you can’t get sick enough to make sick people well.”

What if instead we stop, take stock, and realize we can “be content with what (we) have and realize there is nothing lacking?” When I breathe deeply and repeat those words, I can feel a deep sense of peace seeping through my body. I can feel a relaxation, an opening that makes it possible for me to attend to the messages arising that sound something like “I know what I can do!” From that place where I know I have everything I need and nothing is lacking, I can open to “OK. THAT is enough. I am going to step forward and take this action.”

That is what happens for me. During this next month I invite you to come back over and over to the saying from Lao Tzu and discover where it takes you. It may be similar to my experience or it may be completely different. Whatever happens, it is exactly the right thing, and, if noted, can lead you to something important.

What Do You NOT Want?

PaperOverloadThe past few weeks have been craaaaaa-zy. Client work, home stuff  and kid stuff all seemed to converge at the same time and then we went on a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas. We just got back yesterday and I’m buried in dirty, wet, smelly laundry. All of this is to explain why I have been AWOL of late.

Which is no excuse. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, I am constantly preaching the importance of sharing good quality information with your peeps otherwise they won’t be around long. Content is king.

At the same time, don’t waste your followers time with recycled, poorly written, same-old-same-old garbage. If it doesn’t light you up, don’t bother. I think that’s where I am now. In a content rut. Continue reading “What Do You NOT Want?”

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Women’s Events and Retreats

faceBook_redThere are many ways to use Facebook to promote your women’s event or retreat. Having a business page is better than using your personal page and you can use either or both to promote.

Plan Your Marketing
Start talking about your event long before the event itself! If the event has a high price tag, you may need to promote months or even a year ahead of the event. For small events, you’ll still need a 4-6 week lead before your event to get the buzz going and fill your room with ease. Continue reading “How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Women’s Events and Retreats”

How to create an editorial calendar

When I’m trying to think about what to write, sometimes I get an idea that’s so obvious and perfect that it practically writes itself. Other times,  I can’t come up with anything. This is not an uncommon problem, and one that even the most seasoned of writers struggle with. Continue reading “How to create an editorial calendar”