Have you ever been driving a car and realise you can’t remember how you got there? Or worse still, like me, you are heading for one destination, yet find yourself heading somewhere entirely different. I did it on the way to work once – found myself on the road to the local mall! Hmm, must have been thinking about new shoes…new handbag perhaps??!
I must say it’s rather inconvenient when this happens. You have to turn around and navigate back to your original destination and usually then you are late with a rather weak excuse of not paying attention to where you were going! What is scarier though is how often we do it to ourselves for our life’s direction.
Margaret Thatcher once said “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.”
If you want to live a life of purpose you need to live with intention. Living intentionally means making conscious of the choices you make, taking responsibility and being aware of where you are and where you are heading. Everyday with every decision, attitude, action and reaction we are forging our life’s path. These are what shape the reality of our lives. In our busy, hectic and hurried worlds, intention is easily ignored. It’s tempting just to operate on autopilot. However, that means we can easily drift off course at like me end up at the mall in suburbia and not the office!
Danny Silk said “I have a vision and a mission for my life and I use the events of each day, whether positive or negative to direct myself toward them.” What direction are you heading in? What is your vision for your life?
We only have one life to live! “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” (Mary Oliver)