What is Living With Intention?
What is living with intention? Some would say, it is the
opposite of living by accident. Others would say it is the opposite of living
life on auto-pilot.
For some, it means planning our lives,
practicing wellness, playing with abandon, laughing, continuing to learn, doing
what we love, living every day to its fullest and finally, planning what our
lives are going to look like and taking the steps to make that life happen.
Because it is a new year, so many of us have looked back at
the past year only to see that we have not been living with intention to the
degree that we have wanted.
Just one glance at Zen Habits by Leo Babauta or the minimalist websites has me feeling that living with intention in
this past year did not happen nearly as much as I thought it should.
When I see the fact that Leo Babauta from Zen Habits makes
his living by is blog, home schools and unschools his kids, has been traveling
a lot, and ran his first ultra-marathon in this past year, I am humbled to the
point of not feeling so great about myself.
When I take stock, I see that yet another year has passed me
by with my goals eluding me:
- I have not made one red cent from any passive income that I
- I have not created a product that I can sell passively (like
the kids book I have been working on for bits here and there over the past few
- I still have to go to my office/court on a very full-time
basis in order to earn a living and I do not see an end in site to this
- 10 + pounds of the 40 I lost have crept back on over the
past holiday season.
Oh my, not so great I think.
It goes back to my whole idea about the hero and how I will
never be able to be anything like the people I truly admire. The feeling is
that I feel like I have fallen so short.
But hold on a second. Wasn’t my point this whole past year
about taking control of my health, relationships, life and trying to be rather
than do so much?
So, I took stock of what I have accomplished in this past year:
- I have still lost 30+ plus pounds;
- I have gotten way way fitter than I had in years by simply
going to an intense gym class 2 x per week and have been doing this consistently
for the year;
- My marriage and family seems to be back on track;
- I have simplified my finances;
- I have simplified my living space;
- I have obtained the refinance for my office that I so
- I have gotten hold of a lot of my addictive behaviors;
- I have attended therapy on a consistent basis and have dealt
with some old childhood problems in a significant way;
- I have grown emotionally and tremendously so;
- I have started a dedicated forgiveness practice of
ho’oponopono which has transformed my being and my life;
- I have learned to listen to the people I love in a way I was
not able to in the past;
- I have read about the lives of heroes like Mahatma Gandhi
and Nelson Mandela and learned from them; and
- I have lived entirely gluten free.
So, time to cut myself some slack. In the end, it looks like I was living with intention. I have transformed.
Wishing you the best year.
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