This is a topic I knew I needed to write about. Many times my writing is just as much for me as it is for the readers. This is one of those times.
Intent is defined in the dictionary as the act of intending. What is intending? Intending: to have in mind as something to be done or brought about. By definition, if we intend to do something we have set our intent. Intent doesn’t apply to just the tangible things in our lives or the things we can write on the calendar.
Intent applies to our spiritual lives, our emotional well-being, and the physical world. The question is, is it enough to set our intent and then forget it? Should we revisit our intent? If so when? This can seem like a complex set of questions. The answers will be as individual as the questions that come to your mind.
In my own experiences, I have found that there are some steps I need to take that add to the power of my intentions. Here is a simple example. If my intention is to be closer to family, I take a step in that direction. It may be as simple as picking up the phone and calling someone I haven’t spoken to for quite some time. I make a real connection whenever possible, no text messages, no email. I connect face to face or at least by phone.
In today’s world, technology has made our lives easier but at times I feel it has desensitized us and the importance of personal connections has somehow been lost in a computer screen. Even in a world of “lol” and emoticons, it is difficult to know what someone is truly feeling.
If my intentions are on a personal level, I revisit them often. It is necessary for me to keep myself in alignment with my purpose. Personal for me involves the less tangible parts of my life: my emotional well-being, my connection to others, my connection to self, my connection to source, and my spiritual well-being.
On the other hand, if my intentions involve more tangible things like my finances, or something I feel I need or desire to have in my life, I set them and forget them. What does that mean? Simple, I do what is necessary to move toward my desires. I don’t spend every waking hour crunching numbers. I know that everything I desire in life is already there and will manifest in the correct time, place, and form.
This was not always the case and I still have moments of “relapse.” I’m the type of person that really wants clear direction and not too many surprises in my tangible world. There have been times in my life that you would find me sitting with my calculator, pen and paper, crunching the numbers. I lived in fear and doubt. Where would the next dollar come from? How would I pay the bills and still strive to fill the practical needs of the people I meet on this journey?
I would look at the numbers, check the donations, look to my income as a writer, and doubt I could ever accomplish all I felt I was being called to do. Guess what I learned? Crunching numbers only brings stress, not money or answers. Stress kills..I wanted to live.
I found that the more I crunch numbers and worry about how I will achieve the tangible desires, the farther away those dreams seem to be. I simply do what I feel I’m being called to do and let God take care of the rest. Yes, even when it feels like I may not be able to do what I need for myself. Those times are not all without fear. However, they are filled with love and gratitude.
I recently set up a crowd sourcing campaign in hopes of expanding the mission of Unlimited Smileage and the number of people I can reach. I have big dreams in my mission to help others, as is evident by my campaign. Everything I’ve done since I started this mission in 2011 has come from my pocket and the donations of my readers. All money that comes in through the site goes directly to someone in need.
That campaign, soon to end, didn’t go well. If I was the kind of person to believe this to be a failure, I would walk away from Unlimited Smileage now. That is simply not who I am. In total honesty, did I want this campaign to be a success–absolutely. Do I believe that because it has not been I have failed and so has Unlimited Smileage–no way! Gratitude goes to the person who was moved to donate.
What I do believe is this. When one door closes, another one opens. When you think you have hit the wall, look for a window. When what you thought was the answer is not, the answer is not no–the answer may simply be slow–the answer may be, I have a better way.
Survivor for life, victorious not a victim…that describes what I know in my own life. If you give up how will you ever know just how far you could have gone?
I wonder, if you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from would you give the food you had to the homeless person you pass on the street? If you had just $10, no money in the bank, no retirement, no emergency fund, would you give that $10 to a stranger in need? I think you get my point. Would fear hold you from doing what you felt called to do?
In a world that puts so much emphasis on the things we acquire, the money we make, the cash in our bank account, I believe we have lost sight of the true meaning of life–love. I believe it is time to set our intentions on a new path. What can you do today to set your intentions in a new direction?
If curiosity has gotten the best of you, the campaign can be found here.