Thursday, October 31, 2013

Turning Intention Into Action: 31 Days of Intentional Living

"What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing."

Pablo Picasso

I've been climbing a mountain, friends. And it's taken thirty-one days to reach the top.

But now, I'm sitting on the craggy, stone ledge, my feet dangling, and my lungs are taking in the crisp fall air with every breath.

And I didn't walk it alone. You're resting here next to me. Did you enjoy the climb?

31 days of Intentional Living — a journey to awareness.

Over the last month we have faced fears, slowed down, noticed, acknowledged, enjoyed, and wrestled.

We have sought beauty, captured memories, and looked at laundry in a whole new way!

Although I came into this with a rough plan, I can honestly say that God did most of the nudging. There were many days when I woke up without any idea what to write about so you heard a lot about the struggles of my heart.

This past spring I started seeing a counselor (again). Wounds had reopened and I knew I needed help to walk through healing them. Therapy is most effective if you're willing to have an open mind. I have been learning that I need to see some things differently in my life — rewrite the story, replace lies with truth.

To do this I must be intentional, but it can't stop there.

Intentionality must be the impetus for action. Although it's great to be aware, it doesn't mean a whole lot if it doesn't spur me to respond.

Intention is like the light bulb moment and action is the follow through.

"Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention."
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

So we've climbed the mountain. We're enjoying the view. But the adventure isn't over. The goal is dangling out over the horizon. It will take hard work, but I know we can do it. 

Because we're not doing it alone — we're cheering each other on as we turn intention into action in our lives.

Thanks for being a friend on this journey! You are welcome here anytime!

This is the final post in a series called, 31 days of Intentional Living. You can find all the posts in this series here. Thank you for joining me on this fun, writing adventure! Category: Inspirational & Faith
October 2013


Unknown said...

Congrats on climbing the 31 days mountain! May He bless you as you continue your adventure with the Him, being intentional to allow Him to write and rewrite your story.

Courtney said...

Yahoo! You made it! 31 days of writing is quite a feat, not to mention writing from your heart. So proud of you. And, I welcome your message that intentions are great, but action is the thing. I need that reminder daily :)

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