Intention is defined as a thing intended; an aim or plan. And that is my plan for this year. I am living with intention. OK, that’s nice…but what does that mean, exactly?
For me, living with intention means that you make a decision every single morning, that this is what you are going to do, or that will be my attitude.
Most assume that being happy, productive and well adjusted just magically happens. It doesn’t. Being happy and having a good life takes work – every day. Every day you must make the decision to be strong, happy, productive and reach your personal and professional goals. Every day you make the decision to exercise, or to be kind or to rest, or be more healthy, or whatever it is you want to be. Every. Day.
And every day you do your best, with your full intention to do you best. Does that mean that you always give 100% and succeed? No, not at all. But it does mean that you try. And when you try, you forgive yourself the rest and move on to the next day.
So with that said, this year, my intention is to be more loving to myself. I am very hard on myself and expect perfection all the time. I will forgive myself the mistakes and have as much compassion for myself as I do others. I need to be less of a people pleaser and say no more, especially when it goes against my gut feeling. And I will be more careful about those I do help. I every day, I will leave the past behind and work through the grief. This year, is the year I say goodbye the the G word. And this is the year that I find Joy. This will also be the year that I find a true partner. Someone who loves as deep as I. And every day, I will decide these things.
Life is short. Live it with intention. Be committed to being the best you can be every single day. It’s not easy, but we were never promised easy. Not everyone has a great life, but then, not everyone does the hard work it takes either. I promise you, it’s worth it.
“Do not be dismayed at the brokenness of the world. All things break, And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.” – L.R. Knost