Someone asked me what does ‘living intentionally’ mean. And I think that it’s not something many of us think about or perhaps hear very often.
Living intentionally means something quite simple. It means living with a clearly defined purpose. And it also means pursuing that purpose.
Now, you don’t have to have it all figured out in order to live intentionally. It could be that you have no idea what your purpose is, or what you want to do with your life. But if your aim is to discover that, and you pursue that, then you are living intentionally!
Some people have always known what they wanted to do and they do it (my husband is one of those). They can be naturally driven people. People who don’t need reminding to get back on their horse. They’re leaving the rest of us in their dust!
The opposite of living intentionally would be drifting. Going through each day with no real aim behind everything you do. I’ve been there. There are some seasons in life where I just needed to make it through the day (all the new mama’s out there are nodding right now!).
But there have also been times in my life where I just drifted. Period. Just going through the motions. Not really aiming my actions in any particular direction. And that may be you right now. If it is, STOP!! Going nowhere is far better than drifting in the wrong direction. Trust me!
How to Find Your Purpose
Take a minute (or as long as you need) to take stock of where you are. Pray for clarity on this. Then think about the things you love doing. Not necessarily the things you are good at. The things you LOVE to do. You may have heard of the ‘what if’ question about being stranded on a desert island. Well, imagine that you were stranded on a desert island but you could just do ONE thing – for the rest of your life! What would you do? What is that one thing that you could do for the rest of your life and never ever get tired of doing? If it requires other people to make happen (like open brain surgery or teaching Spanish) – I’ll give you that, that’s allowed!
Another thing that you can do is imagine your own funeral. Morbid? Perhaps! But imagine the conversations that people are having about you. What would you want them to say? If your obituary was in the paper, how would you want it to read? Basically, what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? That’s a pretty powerful image. And it might shed a lot of light on to what you’d like to do if you’re a person who’s currently drifting. Or it might make you more confident about where you currently are!
Life Without Regrets
Discovering what you really love doing and what you want to leave behind is the first step to living a life with intention, passion and purpose. Moving forward is progress, even if we use itty bitty motions.
Let’s take our itty bitty steps and aim them in the right direction. If you keep doing that, you won’t live to regret a single day!