My new favorite word is intention.
I have determined that my goal in life, above all other goals, is to live with intention.
When it comes to what is most important in my life – my faith, my family, my relationships, my health and my personal projects – my desire is to be intentional about it all. The underlying sense of wanting to live my life on purpose and not allowing life to just happen to me (something that often feels like a struggle) has always been somewhere in my psyche. In fact, during the times when I have felt the most frustration or stress, a deep yearning for being more purposeful about how I spent my days and weeks was consistently front and center. I just didn’t have a word for it.
For some reason, just this week, I finally put it together. I want my time, my precious hours and days and weeks to have an aim…to be part of a plan. To be intentional.
And this doesn’t just apply to my high-brain activities. Even when I am vegging out watching T.V., I will be intentional about it knowing that relaxation and enjoyment is an important part of achieving balance. That way, when I spend that hour watching Game of Thrones, I won’t feel guilty about it. More importantly, since I am being intentional about it, there is less of a chance of that hour turning into three!