How much of your life do you choose with intent?

How much of your life do you choose? And how much is you walking down a path you’re on?

Before you roll into weekend plans, I challenge you to pause and think about what your intent is for a myriad of aspects of your life.

Did you choose, or did you happen upon:

  • Where you live
  • Who you live with
  • What you eat
  • What you do for work
  • The people you hang out with
  • What you do with your free time
  • What you watch on TV/Netflix/Hulu, et al.
  • What you read – books, magazines, newspaper, and online sites
  • How you spend other time online and/or on your phone
  • What you do for volunteer work
  • How you present yourself – what you wear, how you hold yourself, when and how you speak; is your driver fashion, comfort, to make a statement, to blend in?
  • How you decorate and keep your home – precise, comfortable, colors, textures, style, messy, neat, etc.
  • How you tend to deal with others – speaking, listening, teaching, being directive, being kind, sharing knowledge, being funny, etc.
  • How you get around – walking, biking, in a car, using mass transit, running, etc.

Let’s say you have a choice in all the above because you do – even the heavily threaded things like where you live and where you work.

Knowing you have a choice, are there things on this list that you’d like to do differently? What should stay? What can go?

When you think about your choices, do you see a pattern? Of peace, ambition, success, quiet, relationships, self-good, global good, or getting by unscathed?

If there’s something on your list you’d like to do differently but can’t for some reason, can you choose to keep things the way they are and be more present with that decision? To know, as Eckhardt Tolle says, that whatever you’re doing is the most important thing you can be doing?

Choosing with intent means knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Choosing with intent gives you the power to spend your time on things that energize you.

Choosing with intent helps you focus, pay attention to the task at hand, and be fully engaged with what you’re doing, where you live, and who you are.

Today, I choose to be organized and peaceful. To eat healthy food. To be a good listener tonight at the Maine Historical Society First Friday Open House. And to be energized tonight at the theater seeing a new play. This weekend, I intend to write and to be outside in our first bout of spring weather.

What’s your intent this weekend?

These lovely flowers come to you from the Longfellow Greenhouses in Manchester, ME. Their intent this weekend is to have people plant soon!

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