The Power of Intention
We have the best of intentions, don’t we? We want to write, we want to create, we want to exercise, we want to be healthy. However, we know people judge by actions, not intentions.
I always have the best of intentions, I really do. However there’s always an excuse, an excuse of “I’m too busy,” “I had too many fires to put out today,” “My dog got sick,” My husband had plans for us I didn’t know about.” The list could go on.
But when the world shuts down, like it has with this COVID-19 pandemic, there’s nothing or no one else to blame it on. Sure, most of you have kids at home, you’re trying to work too. But please realize this shutdown just added more time every day to your day.
Why am I starting this post this way? Because I started this blog on my birthday this year, however, through the past week I’ve found plenty of notebooks and half-written posts that are old – some are from five years ago.
As soon as the new year started, I still had the best of intentions to write two to three posts a week. Yet every other person, situation or project took center stage. Readers reached out asking me when the next post would be published. People I interviewed reached out daily asking me when their post would go live.
I wanted to do it, but the extra energy just wasn’t there. The creative flow had stopped.
What I’m learning during this quarantine
Something this significant in our world doesn’t happen by chance. The information overload is overwhelming. You can’t escape the massive death count, the careless mortals who believe they’re immortal, and the constant fear of what lies tomorrow.
Scary, I know.
But I keep thinking, was it time for a reset in this world? I mean, when is the last time that people from all walks of life have come together to help each other? Companies are finding new ways to perform and help in the pandemic. Beer and liquor distilleries are creating hand sanitizer bottles. Local clothing companies are sewing face masks, and fellow medical professionals are donating masks, gloves, and gowns to health and medical heroes fighting the battle on front lines.
Grocery corporations are reaching out to those out of work to offer them employment. Small businesses are in survival mode, yet some are figuring out new platforms to navigate through these tumultuous times, and they’re thriving.
And some of us are finally putting the technology down and picking up a piece of chalk, crayon, or book, and getting back to the foundation of learning.
We’re picking up the phone again and having conversations with those we love. We’re going outside and soaking up the sun, walking through neighborhoods enjoying God’s most beautiful creations. We’re waving to complete strangers as they walk by.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re finding faith again.
When this is over
My question is how do we stay in this space?
How do we not let the busyness of our lives dictate our foundations?
How do we disconnect from the distractions of the quantity – as in social media messages, ads, notifications, more money, more material things, more everything – and truly get back to the quality of living life with what we have?
I don’t know the answer, but I sure want to keep looking and learning to find it.
I leave you with this. I once had a friend, a therapist who told me I was addicted to a busy lifestyle and the chaos of the everyday. She told me my need to run at a rapid pace made me bury the challenges that were really bothering me.
I had no idea what she meant until COVID-19 forced me to sit still.