This year Lent is providing me an excellent opportunity to push myself to live my life more intentionally, to really focus on how I live and how it impacts me, my family, my community and the earth.
My first step in to learning to live intentionally was figuring out how I spend my time and if it fits with my goals and values. I quickly identified one way that I spend my time that doesn’t match up to my goals. I frequent a forum where I can spend hours chatting away without accomplishing anything. I really enjoy my time there, but it’s become my go-to for entertainment when I could be focusing most (not all) of my time and energy actively engaged in achieving my goals.
A large part of living intentionally is truly understanding the world around me an embracing my spirituality. For the next 40 days, I will be reading 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker and Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. These books will help me understand how my actions impact me spiritually and my community.
I’ve been gradually working towards being more environmentally friendly, but I’ve been a little too gradual. I believe it’s time to be more focused on how I can be a better steward of the environment. It’s really time for me to define a strategy to become more environmentally friendly.
Are you giving anything up for Lent or trying to live more intentionally regardless of a religious or nonreligious affiliation?
3 thoughts on “Living Intentionally”
Hmmm I enjoy reading your posts, and this one is no exception. I have to say though – about the forum – I don’t think you have to get something of “value” from every single moment. Entertainment & stress relief are important too – it’s not necessarily a waste of time to do something you enjoy. And not every moment has to be spend working towards a goal or being productive.
Tanya, you’re absolutely correct. I’ve had other moments where I questioned my time spent there, but when I remembered how entertaining it is, I realized it is worth my time (at least some of my time). I just have to figure out how to not make it my fall back place to spend time when I have a long to do list! I think the break is going to help me reset a little so to speak. Then I can go back, chat, relax for a little bit and not feel guilty about spending a little time there. Thanks for commenting!
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