”…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away…” (Ecclesiastes 3:6).
Intentional. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but at the beginning of 2013, I had a resolution. I wanted to live one word fully all year, and I chose the word “intentional.” This means many things, but mostly, for me the definition was to be present in the moment. Now, as 2013 closes, I can say I did live this year with the word reflecting in my actions.
I was intentional about making friends. I listened without thinking of a retort. I withheld from giving unsolicited advice. I laughed. I prayed. I loved.
I was intentional about my volunteering. I said no to good things, to say yes to better things. I grew in wisdom of when to give, and to withhold because giving became enabling. I learned how to let go.
I was intentional at work. I chose to work as hard as possible, giving my talents, when I was at the job. And then, at home, I was at home; Intentionally not at work, not thinking about work. I learned how to use my strengths, and how my strengths are my greatest weaknesses.
I was intentional about building margin. As a driving achiever, it’s hard to slow down and to keep a schedule open for “whatever.” I gave up the feeling of obligation, and chose to do things I wanted to do. Even at the cost of inconvenience.
Did I live well? Yes, but I didn’t always get it right. I didn’t have intentionality for every moment in 2013. However, I recognize that living this was has blossomed some seeds that had been in hiding for a long time. The season was right.
Along with living with intentionality, I ended up having to give up some other things. One of those was writing. For a season, my time and efforts were focused elsewhere. You might have noticed!
So for the time being, this blog is on hold. I’m still writing, but with the intention of focusing my writing for Hope for Haiti. Feel free to check out my latest writing adventures at www.emevi.blogspot.com. Or, find a broader repertoire at www.hopeforhaiti.ws.
Thanks for reading, and traveling with me. There’s still hope one day I’ll get a book published, just not in this season. I can’t be intentional about it.
There’s a season for everything, and the season of intentionality is closing. For 2014, I think I’ll choose a new word. Got a word for you? Got a suggestion for me? I’ll be reading comments if you’re willing to share.