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Intent and Purpose

Does your day always end the way you planned? Many of us start the day out of habit, move throughout it because that is what we do every day and sometimes put little to no thought into the actions we perform because those actions have become second nature. If this describes the way you go through each day, each week, each year, I have to ask, what is it all for? What is the purpose?

We are only afforded such a short period of time in which to make an impact, to touch the lives of those around us and hopefully make a difference. These actions do not happen on their own, they happen when the individual lives a life with intent and purpose. To live a life with meaning is to live a life that moves you to do more, be more and expect more. This does not mean you have to quit your job, sit under a tree and contemplate life in order to find the meaning in it all. This means you need to reflect on the life that you do have and find meaning where there is meaning and create meaning where there is none.

Living each day with intent is to live in action, to move forward with a specific outcome or purpose in mind. This could be a specific action or task in your day or your whole day in general. Pick a verb that is an action verb then ensure that verb describes the impact you wish to have on the event, person or day. Be sure that the verb you choose to represent your action, your intent for that task or moment is a word that thrills you, that motivates you, that inspires you.

It is amazing how just changing your point of view, adding purpose into what you do every day changes the way you see things. You are no longer just performing an action or function, you are moving throughout your day with purpose and drive. Almost everything we do serves a purpose. If you don’t know what that purpose is, ask. Ask yourself, why am I here? What purpose do I serve? Who I am here to serve? How can I be of service to those around me? We were all placed on this earth with a purpose; a purpose to make the most of what we were given and share the best parts of ourselves with others.  

I task you with reflecting upon the actions you perform every day, do they have meaning? Do they have purpose? If not, why? How can you change the way in which you see things to see the purpose in what you do? What can you do to create intent with every action you perform? In the words of Rabbi Harold Kushner, “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”

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