Live with intention. Walk to the edge.
Listen hard. Practice wellness.
Play with abandon. Laugh.
Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn. Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.

[Mary Anne Radmacher]

For me, intention is the antidote for procrastination. I accomplish tasks on my TO-DO list through intention. I sit down and work, get up and exercise, tidy a room, capture dust bunnies, finish a quilt, polish a book layout and fold laundry only by intention. Otherwise, I’d sit, knit, doze and listen to audio books all day.

Sometimes I play games with myself to meet my intention—pick up ten items before I leave the room (I intend to have a tidy environment). Sometimes I make a list to meet my intention—checking off items helps me see that I’ve actually accomplished something. Sometimes I tell my intention to another person so she can help motivate me toward my goal. Getting started on something is often all it takes for me to finish a task.

Belonging to an SCN writing circle is a motivator toward my intention to grow as a writer. Writing, for me, is a task that requires intention. I enjoy writing but, like other things I enjoy, if I approach it in a casual manner, I’d take a nap or read a book instead. Thank you, SCN, for helping to keep me on track.

After thought—I’m not sure what people mean when they say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Maybe the road to hell is paved with good intentions that never came to fruition.

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