For some, “New Year’s Resolutions” are an annual part of closing one calendar year and moving onto the next. Others never participate in that practice. For many of us, it’s haphazard. Some years we’re “all in”—creating a list of what we want to change or accomplish; what we resolve to do. Other years, we simply roll from December 31st to January 1st saying, “It’s just another day”.
Resolutions can be tricky. On one hand, we’re doing the work of analyzing what we did and didn’t like and imagining what could be better. That’s great. On the other hand, we’re setting out a pretty specific set of criteria regarding how we’d like the coming year to play out. That can be awesome or defeating, depending upon how lofty those goals are.
What if this year—even if you’ve never made one resolution in your life—you consider resolving to be more intentional about how you spend your life?
There are times when the tangible and intangible collide and in those moments, I am, once again, aware—or reminded—of the fragility of life.
Sometimes we’re masters of maneuvering through each day pretending we have it all together when, in reality, we’re simply going through the motions. We’ve perfected the “my life is amazing” dance, but don’t even know who we really are. We’re simply maintaining the status quo—no matter how poorly it reflects what our hearts and spirits desire. When I allow it, I can become awash in the “what if”, “what about”, “why did” questions of life. Does that ever happen to you?
Have you ever hung onto something that hurt you, or damaged you, for so long that it metastasized from the size of a grape into a boulder?
Each day there are choices. For many of us, those choices are significantly more manageable than for others. Living with intention is about consciously choosing how you will walk through this day. It’s about choosing how you turn the lens through which you see your reality. It’s about choosing to acknowledge what you do have, more than what you don’t have.
Do you ever feel as if you’re one with the universe—her rhythms, her heartbeat? Do you believe you can live a life that ebbs and flows beautifully?
Each time you make a choice—a decision—you are creating a path that leads to other choices. We are, often unknowingly setting intentions for our lives (healthy or unhealthy).
Each time you choose to be kind to yourself, you are intentional about telling the universe—and yourself—that you have value.
Each time you boldly express your thoughts—believing that your opinion matters—instead of allowing (or waiting for) someone else to tell you what to do or think, you are framing an intention to live into your truths.
Each time you show care and concern for others or choose contemplation over gut-reactions you are being intentional about changing the climate of hate.
Each time you prune something that’s negative out of your life, you create an intention for a fuller life because cutting back the less-than-positive allows room for growth of the new (just like pruning dead branches off a tree allows for new growth).
Each time you gather with others and discuss, debate or choose a new reality, you are intentionally fostering a creative synergy that moves all of us forward.
Each time you choose to see every person you interact with, pass on the street, or breeze by in the supermarket as a child of God—as another spirit energy inhabiting a human body for a limited time—you take another step toward living intentionally without judgment.
And, each time you choose to walk out of the dark and into the light you are being intentional about how you will live your life.
in the dark i saw a light
and that light beckoned me to walk into it
and the light became brighter
until i realized that i was the light
and that i am hope
whenever i choose it
May 2020 be a year of growth and kindness and intentional living.
May God’s light shine on you.
May you then shine that light on others.
“Getting Brighter” From Poems & Random Thoughts About Life by Kay McLane
©2019 kay mclane, peace full home.com®/intentional living, 2013-2019.
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any 2020 New Year Intentions?
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