Live with intention. Walk to the edge.
Listen hard. Practice wellness.
Play with abandon. Laugh.
Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn. Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
[Mary Anne Radmacher]
For me, intention is the antidote for procrastination. I accomplish tasks on my TO-DO list through intention. I sit down and work, get up and exercise, tidy a room, capture dust bunnies, finish a quilt, polish a book layout and fold laundry only by intention. Otherwise, I’d sit, knit, doze and listen to audio books all day.
Sometimes I play games with myself to meet my intention—pick up ten items before I leave the room (I intend to have a tidy environment). Sometimes I make a list to meet my intention—checking off items helps me see that I’ve actually accomplished something. Sometimes I tell my intention to another person so she can help motivate me toward my goal. Getting started on something is often all it takes for me to finish a task.
Belonging to an SCN writing circle is a motivator toward my intention to grow as a writer. Writing, for me, is a task that requires intention. I enjoy writing but, like other things I enjoy, if I approach it in a casual manner, I’d take a nap or read a book instead. Thank you, SCN, for helping to keep me on track.
After thought—I’m not sure what people mean when they say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Maybe the road to hell is paved with good intentions that never came to fruition.
Oh! I totally heard about “the road to hell being paved with good intentions” today. 😀
And I know what it means.
Hell is where the people go when they die, if they haven’t accepted Jesus’ love and forgiveness. Heaven is spending eternity with Jesus; Hell is eternity spent away from Him. All it takes is admitting to God that you believe Jesus is Lord and accepting His forgiveness in your heart. This is the beginning of a new relationship between you and God that is oh-so-amazing and the rest of life’s journey is spent learning more about Him.
But too often people will say “oh, yeah, I’ll get to that God thing later”–and their intentions really are good. They do intend to eventually get their lives straightened out, which is admirable, but they never actually *do* it. They spend their whole lives intending to submit to God, but if they don’t, they will go spend eternity away from Him–eternity in Hell.
I hope this makes sense. 🙂
Today is May 13th – I just read your essay on Intention. Just what the doctor ordered. My first, middle, and last name have been procrastination and I’ve skated by in life but poorly. NOW I do not plan to spend one more minute, hour, or day living to that song. So thank you for encouraging words. So I am putting this “out there” to be accountable. I volunteered to block and put together an acrylic afghan of 7 strips – it has been a nightmare for me but getting better, maybe. so this morning I plan to go to the table and get busy! I’ll let you know the outcome. Today is the day. Thanks! Joan
WOW. Isn’t it amazing that an ordinary person can sit at her dining room table in front of her computer screen and inspire another person. If I were close, I’d come help set the blocks together. Thanks. Katherine
I can so relate!
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