There’s a bumper sticker that I see around that says “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go”. It just breaks my heart, and I find myself wanting to pull over the driver and, in my fantasy, be that altruistic millionaire from the TV show, and invite them off that hook with a big fat check. I shortly snap myself back to reality, though, and realize that it’s really all about intention, and a million dollars won’t help someone whose intention is to just go to work and drudge through the day.
If the intention is to make a living, create enough cash flow to stay out of debt and to put a roof over your head, then the way you get out of bed and the creative energy you use is specific to that intention. In this mode, you may get out of bed with an alarm clock to help you punch in at work on time. You get out of bed grumbly and drag yourself to work. Your creativity and joy are buried under a heap of that gumbling and you have very few areas of your life that are energizing or fun.
If your intention is to make a life, you may very well go to exactly the same job in the previous scenario. You still get up with the alarm clock, but, since this is the life your are creating, you might enjoy a morning walk with your tunes, your dog, or even a friend. On the way to work, if finding joy at work is the life you intend, then you may be thinking about the day’s projects and the day’s contacts and how you can enjoy them. If not, you may be thinking about your lunch plans, and crafting in your mind how to teach your young-in to catch better or memorize history lessons.
You can make a life while making a living, and some people make a life out of making a living (those career focused people – of whom I am one). If, however, you find those times when you’re just making a living and not loving it – that might be a good time to revisit your intentions.
- When you were 16 or 18, before you began your adult life, what did you dream it might be?
- What part of that dream might you incorporate into this day?
- Is it time to step back and ask what it is you really want in your life?
- What values do you live by that need to be expressed in your life?
- What brings you joy, and how can that be incorporated into your day?
As we focus this month on intentions, we’re inviting you to examine your deepest intentions, and explore how they might be expressed.