When you have nothing to say
It happens quite frequently that I get to that time in the week when I think about writing my next blog post and my mind goes blank. I have nothing at all to say.
That’s ok. And maybe I actually do.
One’s mind is constantly whirring, churning out conversations, fragments of thoughts, ideas or memories, dreams, visions, reminders of things to do. Which is normal. You just have a hard time to grasp onto it, because much of it is fleeting. Or it seems uninteresting.
This week it happened to me again. There was not one particular subject that stood out for me to write a blog about. Then I realized: I have been thinking about developing my business, content for my book, ways to help other writers or business owners and I came up with all kinds of ideas! Luckily I captured many of them in my journal.
Here are just a few examples:
I am toying with an idea to develop a six-month program for new entrepreneurs and career-changers to help them to capture and articulate what they are trying to create, or become, and then put an action-plan in place to make it happen. Maybe they want to write a book. Maybe they want to have a side-line business teaching something, or creating something, or being of service in some way. Or maybe they just are at a pivot point in their careers and want to do something entirely different. It would be a hands-on approach to getting their ideas out of their heads, onto paper, and then out into the world.
Sometimes guidance from “the universe” is the best guidance I receive. I receive these through meditation a lot of the time, or through journaling, but sometimes I use a tool, like Tarot cards or Goddess cards. I consulted the Goddess cards to find out what would be important for me to remember this week and the answer was the goddess Maat of Fairness. This can be interpreted as: “Remember fairness when signing a contract or doing a business deal. Consider how both parties can get what they want.” It’s something I forget when I undervalue my own contribution to a project and then feel resentful about the lack of reward.
To give myself some space and quiet time away from the home office this week, I sat in the local library without my laptop. Distractions were at a minimum. I managed to come up with four different areas to concentrate on for my business: Businesses who need fresh and impactful content for their online communications; authors who are struggling with writing their books; people who are seeking clarity or healing through writing; and the six-month program I mentioned above. I feel I got more done this way than I’ve ever managed to do before. Now I plan to regularly build in quiet time and find an oasis away from home for when want to do my best thinking and planning.
My advice about finding things to share with the world would be to:
Capture your thoughts in the way you find the easiest and most useful.
Give yourself the time and space and quiet to do so.
When you’re stuck on what to write about for a blog post, share what you’ve been up to, like I did here. It may spark someone else to come up with ideas and action steps for themselves.
Even if your thoughts are not fully fleshed out and turned into a great cohesive article, share anyway. The thing is that we’re constantly becoming and developing and growing. That part of life is never done. So let’s embrace it. Share your stuff, even if it is a bit messy and as yet lacks cohesion.
Photo: Sarah Dorweiler