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For Further Reflection

Toward the end of each month, I like to spend a little time reflecting on my word for the year -- intention.  It's always nice to have some sort of observation or "learning" about my word to share.

But, y'know?  Sometimes things just don't work out that way.

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June has been a fun-filled, crazy-in-a-good-way, running-with-my-hair-on-fire kind of month.  I have (pretty much) loved every single minute!  But . . . well . . . let's just say there hasn't been a lot of time for reflecting (on much of anything) this month.

Still, my word is right there . . . in my head all the time, just rattling around in there, and loosening up these thoughts (for future reflection) (you can count on that):

  • Intention . . . is a tricky word.  It's not about goals or focus or things I want to DO.  It's more about the purpose for my actions.
  • How do I make sure my actions are aligned with my intentions (or should I say purpose)?
  • A clear set of values seems like a great place to start.  After all, values can't be checked off a list; they don't change all that much over time.  My values are overarching (underlying?).  While I can probably articulate my values, I've never tried to create a list.  (Hmmm.)
  • Goals vs. Intentions.  Goals are future-focused, destination-specific, external achievements.  Intentions are lived-each-day, in the present moment, and independent of specific destinations.
  • We make time for the things we really want.  If I'm consistently not making time for something I think I really want to do . . . what might that mean?  What's out of alignment?  What should I do about it?

As you can see . . . it's all a bit of a muddled mess right now.

How about YOU?  What's going on with you and your word these days?

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