Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Goals To Live By-#6, "Be Intentional"

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This is a body, mind, and soul health site and as such I try to balance my writings as they focus on each part of our being.   My philosophy for living is to encourage people to do the best they can to balance all three aspects of health because they are all interconnected.     In order to stay healthy it's important to schedule and make time for the people you love and the things you want to do.

Today's goal to live by is to "be intentional."  It's surprising how many people I talk to say something like, "oh I would do (----fill-in the blank---) if I had enough time in the day."  In some ways I think that this is just a "cop-out."   We all have just twenty four hours or 1440 minutes in one day.  That's 168 hours or 10,080 minutes a week.  It's tough figuring out what to do with that time, especially since most of us are pulled in this way and that and it's not easy to schedule things that we want to do because there is so much we have to do!   As I write I can't help but think about the fantastic song from the Broadway musical "Rent" titled  "Seasons Of Love."  Following are a few of the lyrics. If you don't know the tune it's worth Googling them and you can also hear the rest of the song.

 "525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How
about love? Measure in love.
Seasons of love....."

In my last post I talked about "Being Present" 
I hope that today's short message will keep you thinking about the last one as well.

Today is the second week of Lent and I am trying to meditate each day on the goodness of God and on all of my blessings.  It takes some discipline to read a short devotional first thing each morning as I allow a message of faith, hope,  and love to penetrate my heart and my whole being.  I have had to be intentional with this morning routine and it has paid off in so many ways.

No matter what you want to accomplish in this year, this month, this week, this day, this hour, or this takes intention and commitment.

 Maybe you need to eat better, exercise more, call your kids or your parents more, be more helpful to others, check-in with friends more often, pray and meditate more, or just take better care of your own body, mind, and soul.    In order to do this you will need to make a plan and then stick to it.  Just as you schedule (and hopefully keep) most of your appointments at work, for getting your hair cut or you nails done, seeing your doctor, or going out to lunch.  Things typically don't just "fall into place" unless you spend some time and energy making them happen.  

We measure our life in love so do all you can to help yourself and help others. Walk in love... intentionally with perseverance.  

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  
Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
Collosians 3:14, 15

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1 comment:

  1. The image of the wave lapping at the beach, whether it is a tide coming in or going out, the words so positive and deep are in sand and like the bible stories of planting or building well, the words written in sand are there for no more than a day. If it is LOVE, a seed to be planted to grow well or a solid house we want, or whatever we must act intentionally, as you say, Donna. We must act with purpose and we all have the same amount of time each day. We can use it or lose it because while a new day may dawn, our yesterdays are gone. We can all make a positive effect regardless our circumstance I believe, for the best gifts are not with a price tag and even if there is a price tag attached, it is the sentiment and intention of the gift that is what touches the heart. I think of your time or clock like a bank account, that is filled with all those seconds minutes and hours each day but is empty after the day whether we used it well or not. It will be filled again the next day but the time in the hour clock is moving so I want to use it well and then the next day, build upon my accomplishments. When I am gone my legacy will hopefully be a positive sense in places or people I have been able to "touch" and help in some way, like you do Donna, every post you make.



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