A few weeks ago, I wrote about going through the motions and the need to take a step back and reflect on your intentions before starting a task. That day I went on vacation for 4 days and committed to practicing intentional living. The results were noticeable! I felt happier, lighter, and more thankful. For example, when Daniel and I would be driving, I would think in my head: We are driving right now to get to destination A. Destination A is going to be scenic. While we are driving, I am noticing all these pretty trees and am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me. Thank you God for nature’s beauty. This may sound silly, but it worked for me! I continued this approach with everything, such as showering, brushing my teeth, hanging out with Daniel, eating, etc. It encouraged me to be in the moment, acknowledge the intention(s) of the task I was doing, and most importantly, increase my gratitude. Unfortunately it was easier to practice this while I was away from my daily routine and demands. Now back from vacation, I find it hard to do this, even for one task a day! I find I’m go, go, go again and trying to accomplish as much tasks as possible. I did, however, employ this approach last night regarding a training I have been coordinating that is taking place today. Originally, my thoughts were: Did I make sure the client knows we need AV? What if…? I hope everything goes smoothly… Then I took a step back and thought about the intentions of this training. One of the intentions may result in making a difference in someone’s life! I may be part of the driving forces behind providing that opportunity to someone. How grateful I am! (See the difference?) Yes, some logistics may not come into fruition perfectly, but if it generally goes smoothly, so much good can happen! It was a nice reminder of why I do the work I do and why it’s so important to take a step back and not lose sight of the why of accomplishing a particular task.
How do you go about finding the intentions in your every day tasks? Why is it that our objective is to complete as many tasks as possible in a day, while losing sight of the purpose for it all?