This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “intentional.”
“Intentional living is about living your best story.” (John C. Maxwell.)
There’s a lot of truth in that quote.
When I live unintentionally the results are not usually good:
- “I didn’t mean to be late but I lost track of the time.”
- “Those hurtful words came out before I had a chance to think through their impact and hold them back.”
- “I tripped and dropped those dishes because I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing.”
- “I was going to do that task to help you out, but I forgot.”
It’s not my best story.
And I don’t know about you, but I’ve never unintentionally given a really thoughtful gift, or unintentionally eaten a perfectly balanced diet and gone to bed at a sensible time.
Most of the time, our good deeds and habits come about because we are intentional.
This month one thing I am trying to focus on is being intentional about developing healthy habits: eating well, exercising well, prioritising time with God, getting more sleep.
It began with the recognition that none of these things are going to happen automatically: developing better habits requires me to be intentional.
Good intentions aren’t everything- it still takes commitment and discipline to turn them into reality- but they are a step in the right direction.