This year, when I set out with my word (intention), I decided on a few goals for myself. I wanted to . . .
- make deliberate choices and act on purpose
- be clear about who I am and why I'm doing
- accept aging with grace, humor, and a bit of kickass
- live my best life every day
And, generally, I feel like I'm figuring things out and making connections and feeling pretty good about the progress I'm making so far.
But I'll admit that his month, I struggled. I don't know that I'd go so far as to say that May was a total fail when it came to me and intention, but I certainly did lose my footing for a while there this month.
I started May knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I had a clear set of goals and intentions for myself, and I fully expected to just roll right through with my plans. But things broke down along the way. Life happened: I took a weeklong trip, Spring exploded and suddenly there were new tasks and schedules and seasonal things to do, unexpected stuff popped up that I needed to deal with. Spinning. Out. Of. Control.
Now that I've given myself some time to process, I think it's this: Intention needs to meet reality. You see, I can be really clear about what I want to do and in which direction I want to head out in. But if I don't also anticipate potential obstacles I may encounter along the way, I'm just going to end up frustrated. In May, I was thinking magically -- ignoring my calendar and the change in routine that May always brings.
I wrote something in my journal way back in January: Intention is more than wishful thinking -- it's willful direction. This month, I learned what that means: "Willful direction" needs to include reality. Intention is making deliberate choices and acting on purpose -- but it also requires anticipation, planning, and flexibility.
(I always learn the best stuff when I'm flailing.)
How about you? How are you doing with your word this month?