Setting intentions

I’ve taken the last two weekends to do things that nourish my soul, which has included backing off from my work.

On one of these weekends, I spent three days getting deliciously dirty, bruised and exhausted. And I loved every minute of it! The best thing is, I voluntarily chose this activity, knowing that I would become completely immersed in what I was doing, leaving no room for to-do’s or second-guessing, or guilt.

So, what was the adventure? I was part of a photo workshop held at Ricketts Glen State Park and Jakey Hollow here in Pennsylvania. I spent 2.5 days doing what I love: clambering over rocks, listening to the wind rustling through the forest, watching the tremendous rush of water over magnificent falls, and freeze-framing the beauty with my camera.

I ignored the “could-a’s”: comparing myself with the other photographers, wishing I had different (“better”) equipment, pushing myself to view just one more waterfall. Instead, I set my intention: I was there for me – not for any outside approval or grand measuring stick in the sky. I would do what I could, with what I had, and most importantly, I would enjoy myself no matter what. I would be fully present.

So, what did I learn on my recent adventure?

I learned the importance of setting an intention, which defines a path for me, like the embedded lights in a highway prone to fog. When I start to feel frustrated, lost, or unable to see ahead, rather than stopping in defeat, I know I can take look back on my intention. This helps me to re-ground myself and remember what is important to me – just me – and why I chose to do what I am doing. I come back to me. Then all the “should-a” voices become quiet.

How might setting an intention help to keep you focused on what you want? What would happen if the “should-a” voices become quiet? What might now become possible for you?

Here’s to recognizing the importance of intention!

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