Now you’re thinking of Taoism, which is the “philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao. (dictionary.com)
But the TAO we claim is to be Totally Authentic and Open.
I decided at the end of spring that I would teach a tele-course in the fall. I enthusiastically set about writing up the course, the outline and the class content. I’ve never done a tele-course before (TAO time), but have been a student in many. How hard can it be? I’ve been leisurely composing the content as it comes to me. And then I stopped. Ideas ceased. Enthusiasm evaporated. I became occupied with other things – see previous blogs.
One of the ways I occupy my time (read: procrastinate) is by reading blogs, news, twitter posts on the internet. A couple of days ago one link led to another and I came across this one: http://liveyourlegend.net/the-17-habits-of-people-who-change-the-world-aka-the-live-your-legend-operating-manifesto/
The 17 Habits of People Who Change the World. ‘Excellent reading, I thought. What spoke to me were the parts about always pushing your limits, continually trying new things, being a beginner. I realized right then and there that I have been letting my limiting beliefs stop me in my tracks concerning the tele-course. I acknowledged the thoughts – very sneakily lurking in the way behind part of my thinking brain, like a lizard! – “You can’t do this, you’ve never done it before.” “There are a lot of technical things to set up that you know nothing about.” “You have nothing to offer.” “No one will take your course.” And then the happy conclusion; “Why bother? “
After that….nothing happened. For a couple of days. But, and this is a really good but, I woke up yesterday morning knowing exactly what to do. I have been busily typing up my course as fast as my fingers will type. It is effortless. I may even have too much to say, too much to teach. I now have enough for two tele-courses!
Do I think my tele-courses will ‘change the world?’ If they change me and they change you then the world is changed. So, yes!