Towards a More Intentional Life
What might your life be like, this time next year, if you found new ways to live life on purpose?
When it comes to making decisions - from the really big ones, to the ordinary choices we’re faced with every day, it’s often very tempting to take the path of least resistance. The one that seems safer, easier, or more comfortable.
But is it going to take you somewhere you want to go?
Or perhaps, where you sense you’re ‘called’ to go?
Danger, difficultly and discomfort are obviously no guarantee you’re on the right track. But, what if, by always taking the ‘safe’ option, you’re missing out on experiencing life in all it’s fullness - and the life you were made for.
It’s always tempting to avoid hard things. But the more ‘comfortable’ option now, can become very uncomfortable later. What seems like the ‘easy’ option, can have long-term consequences that are very difficult.
We consistently dodge having the difficult conversation. We find ourselves regularly skipping opportunities to move our bodies and get some exercise. We keep our hopes and dreams in a locked box in a darkened room. We avoid putting ourselves forward for something, in case it comes to nothing.
The truth is that life is short - and it’s all too easy to unintentionally allow the weeks, months and years slip by - and then find ourselves two, five, ten years down the track, wondering what on earth happened, how we ended up where we are - and where those years went.
Just this week, I had a chance to talk with a friend about how we want to reach the end of our earthly lives - and look back without regrets. What do we want to be true of us - and how we’ve lived?
Having been to a number of funerals over the last 12 months, I’ve been reminded by some thought-provoking and deeply moving tributes that a life well-lived, whether long or short, is a beautiful thing.
In a world where it’s easy to sleep-walk our way through life, some of us get the gift of a ‘wake-up call’; one that and stirs us from our stupor, into greater awareness and action.
For me, it was a car crash. For you, it will probably be something else.
What might it mean to start living a more intentional life - rather than letting things just happen to us?
‘Intentional’ is a bit of a Marmite word - we either like it, or we don’t.
I do, and for reasons that will become clear next month; that’s a good thing!
Living more intentionally is about deliberately making more thoughtful, discerning choices and decisions - and then, following through on them.
And if you find yourself saying: ‘Well, that’s easier said than done!’ You’re right.
But here’s the thing:
When you give yourself a bit of time and space to think and plan, start to form some clear intentions, find yourself some friends for the journey - and some accountability to keep you on track, if that might be useful - it’s truly amazing what becomes possible.
Whatever your current circumstances, there is always hope.
Learning to live more intentionally can start with small steps, but they will take you on a journey that will significantly improve the quality of your life, work, health, relationships, time management, productivity, personal finances - and many other things.
Is there an area of your life or work, where you’re ready to start living more intentionally?
If the light is green, maybe it’s time to put yourself in first gear, do a quick visual check…
This is the last blog I’ll be posting here for a while. I’m picking up a new part-time role with a fantastic Christian charity; one that’s very close to my heart. I can’t wait to share more about this next month. Right now, I’m learning more about what it means to be part-time and whole-hearted, as I start this exciting new role alongside my work with AWAY. For the next few weeks, I’ll be at work behind the scenes, making some changes to bring this site into a brand new season. In the meantime, if you’d like to stay in touch, you can find me over on Twitter here.