However, to live with intention, to be intent upon something, implies focus and determination, and it is a key element to achieving a life of simplicity. When we are focused on attaining the life we truly want to live, we take the steps necessary to get there. If we want to live in a home that is easy to maintain and open for hospitality, we will be intent upon getting the clutter out and streamlining our housekeeping routines.
If our intention is to live simply, to slow down, to focus on people rather than projects or performance, we will edit our calendars of the busyness, the superfluous, and the deterrents. We will create margin in our days for quiet and block out white space on our calendars for fun and family time.
Perhaps, you are intent on overcoming an obstacle in your life. It could be an illness, a sport, a relationship, a behavior. You push hard through the pain, train your body for health and excellence, release the baggage of the past, find positive alternatives.
Last year, I wrote an article about our friend Paul Kowalski who, at 60 years old, was intent on running the Boston Marathon for the first time, even though he was undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. You can read his inspiring story here. This weekend, he is heading back to Boston to race once more- this time, cancer-free.
Are you living with “good intentions” or with intention? What will you do today to achieve the life you really want?
Blogging from A to Z:
Day 1: Assess
Day 2: Beauty
Day 3: Cull
Day 4: Donate
Day 5: Encourage
Day 6: Faith
Day 7: Gratitude
Day 8: Health