We’ve got a lot to do today and slowing down doesn’t appear anywhere on the list. The frustrating thing is that there are other people on this planet! People in their cars. People on the sidewalk going slower than we want. People in aisles. People we’re waiting to answer phone calls or emails or texts or give us a green light. People are slowing us down!
In reality, we hope to never live on an island unto ourselves. People can make an experience frustrating, but when we choose to be patient and take a moment, we increase the likelihood that we gain a partner or an advocate versus a speed bump. In other people we find wisdom, we pass on wisdom and we find the support we need to make these to-do lists a thing of the past, so today our intent is to be patient with those who aren’t going our speed.
You are where you are right now. Who knows how long it’ll last. Whether it’s a perfect experience or a miserable one, how are you making an effort to connect with the people you’re with right now? We don’t want the circumstances to dictate how much fun we’re having with the friends, families, random strangers who come into our lives. So today, our intent is to enjoy the people we’re with.
Everybody’s working for the weekend, right? Popular culture reminds us on every corner that going to work means answering to “the man” and we might not know who “the man” is but we know he probably doesn’t want us to have any fun. But does that have to be the case? Is a job that fulfills and grows you something reserved only for the lucky few? We don’t think so. Our intent is to notice what opportunities are available to us. Our intent is to look forward to our Monday. Our intent is to look at work differently.
What is your Wellfie? Jiyo is the new wellness site that is ask you to share your wellfie- an image that picture that captures the best version of who you are in an effort to spread more love, joy and gratitude.
Perhaps that is in the midst of working on a passion project.
Maybe it is over dinner with your family.
Maybe it is when you are exercising or teaching or connecting in general.
Deepak Chopra shares the motivation behind the wellfie here:
Procrastinating? If you’re like us, it’s possible that you aren’t running from a single huge task, but rather a hundred tiny tasks that have been hanging over you. The more you postpone, the more stress and anxiety builds over things that were never meant to take more than a couple moments of your time. What’s the solution? Rather than become bogged down by maintaining our lives, our intent is to take care of the little tasks.
Savoring small moments doesn’t start and stop with an encouraging needlepoint pillow on your couch. It starts with intentional steps to slow down and capture something that might otherwise easily go unnoticed. It’s the extra time you got to stay cuddled up at home because it was raining outside. It’s the way your kids laugh when you know they’re doing something that’s going to get them in trouble. It’s the last minute coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while who wants to share good news. In some mindsets, they are distractions, obstacles, agenda items. In a world of mindfulness and awareness, they are moments, pauses, gifts.
Your schedule got turned on its head.
Someone backed out at the last minute.
You were going right and now you’re going left.
Large or small, those last minute changes can do a number on your day, your confidence, your productivity. We know you are flying by the seat of your pants as we speak, so just know that our intent of the day is to stay open to change.
If we’re anything alike, most days you can wake up feeling like the weight of the world just might be on your shoulders. If something is going to move, if something is going to happen, it’s going to be because you pushed it with all your strength. There are in fact moments where all your strength will be required, but it is not every moment.
It is not and should not be within your power to make everything happen.
Some people weren’t meant to stay in your inner circle forever.
Not every job should last forever.
Every situation is going to give way to the next situation and before you take on the burden of responsibility for how everything plays out, it’s important to remember: TIMING.
The old adage says that if you love something, you should let it go. Having it return to you means that it was always yours. There is plenty of truth to that. Just because you move away from home, doesn’t mean you can’t come back. Just because you were passed up for a dream position today doesn’t mean an even bigger opportunity won’t come knocking tomorrow. Today we intend to let the pressure and the anxiety go. Our intent of the day is to trust the timing.
On the eve of Valentines Day, it’s entirely possible that you’re sweating the big day tomorrow. There’s a lot of pressure to prove just how MUCH you love someone one day a year which means you’re having to do a check-in on where you’re at, where you should be at, how you compare to other couples in your same place… oh look at that. More sweat.
We here at Intent.com are of the camp that believes that proving your love isn’t a once-a-year kind of thing. Instead we hope to communicate love and commitment all year. Truthfully, a grand gesture can do wonders, but they will never measure up if they aren’t met with consistently showing up. The little things add up and it doesn’t mean you have to be a well of little things. Perhaps finding your few little things that you do on a regular basis is the difference between needing one all-out extravaganza in early spring.
Stop right where you are. In the swirl of all that you have going on, sometimes all you need is 10 minutes to yourself and often times that is the one thing you think you can’t have. In reality, 10 minutes fly by and making a little space for yourself can be the difference between powering through your day and crawling over the finish line. So what can you do with 10 minutes? Here are 3 ways to a few minutes alone: Continue reading →