Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Learning Intentionality

I'm busy. So are you, I imagine. There often doesn't seem to be enough time or energy to do the things I want to do or spend time with the people who are most important.

I used to be of the mindset that "if something is important to you, it'll just happen." It was spontaneous, romantic even. People and activities were valuable if I simply let them occur. Planning those things felt forced or rigid.

I'm learning that valuable relationships don't have to be programmatic, but they do have to be intentional. Intentionality means deliberate. Planned. Forced. Because with my lifestyle and vocation, the things that are most important often get pushed to the side by the things that are most urgent. So I must be intentional about devoting time to that which is most consequential.

I'm growing in the mindset that "if something is important to you, you'll intentionally plan to make it happen." It's less sexy, but far richer and more authentic.

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