It's living intentional. And my heart is to encourage you to embrace living life this way as well.
1. You don't know how much time you really have to live. A couple weeks ago when I ended up sitting in the middle of the interstate stopped after almost being in that accident I remember having this waking up realization that I escaped death. And with that knowledge came the energy to embrace today, that day, and to live life fully. I listened more, chatted more, wanted to be with my family more - all things that once again I had taken for granted. We don't know how many days we're blessed with. Use your days wisely, live fully.
2. Life becomes more enjoyable. When you live with an intentional, joy seeking heart, it allows more positive thinking to enter your thoughts. You are choosing to embrace where you are - despite the circumstances. Instead of sitting passively in the current, it is instead this waking up, rising up, and breathing in the beauty tucked in the everyday.
3. You are wiser with your time. When you look at your days with an intentional heart then the minutes that you are given matter more. You're less likely to squander minutes on things that don't matter as much. Now, that doesn't mean you don't rest or have fun or laugh, but instead it means that you are looking at your time as gift - one to be cherished. With that mindset the moments of rest will be carved out easier because the value in taking this time becomes more evident.
4. Relationships matter more. Intentional living enhances relationships. Plain and simple, people are looked at and viewed for who they are - not what they can do, give, or be for you. I know that I value my family much more when I look at what I can give to them and can bless them with versus what they always need to do for me.
5. You cherish the now but embrace the future. An intentional heart allows you to look forward to the future, to be wise and to plan, but it also, in the same breath, allows you to embrace where you are in the moment. It's this balance of planning and living awake. It's a posture of moving forward, and while one is moving, absorbing and appreciating the beauty and the gifts that are happening as you move.
6. Little things become more beautiful. The sunrise, sunset, cry of momma in the morning, hot coffee, a clean table, heat, an email from a friend, a smile across the room, minutes at the piano -- those things matter. Living an intentional life involves making a choice to see the little things and to allow those moments to bless you with joy. Make a choice to start looking for the little things in your life.
7. You become willing to take a risk. There is less fear in trying and is instead more fear in not trying. Honestly, when I am on my last days I want to look back at my life and be so grateful for the moments when I stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed myself. Risks are good and often needed. And little things can be risks - deciding to attend the MOPS group when you know no one, changing a pattern in your life that you've had forever, calling that friend - all risks that often you just need to conquer.
These are just eight of the many reasons why I attempt to live with intentionality.
What are some reasons that you choose to live with an intentional heart?
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