Blooming Boomers

February 22, 2010

Living Intentionally

Filed under: Uncategorized — sakaco @ 4:26 am

Welcome to our workshop, “Living Intentionally”

The purpose is simply to learn how to bring more clarity to your life and become more intentional in your choices. We are products of our environment and  our habits. A story is told of a woman who cut off the ends of a ham before putting it in a roaster to bake in the oven. When asked why she did that she said, “Well, that is what my mother always used to do.” When she asked her mother why SHE did that her answer was,”That is what MY mother used to do.” Finally they went to Grandma and asked her why she cut the ham off both ends of the ham before putting it in the pan and she replied,” My pan was too small for the ham. ” In this case, the mother and daughter were “flying on automatic pilot”. They were not so much in charge of their decision as they thought. They were doing things just because they had always seen it done that way. They were not being intentional.

If we learn to be more intentional in our lives we will make our decisions not so much automatically but rather with clarity and intention. You might be surprised to learn how  being more intentional can make a difference in your life.

We will post Mon, Wed, and Fri, for four weeks. Everyday there will be a short introduction and then a question or “assignment” to complete. Don’t think of this as “work” rather it should be a fun exercise in learning more about yourself. Get a fun or inspiring journal or notebook to write in! Later on we will share what you can learn from all your exercises. You don’t have to share anything you write with anyone but we’d love to hear your comments throughout the 4 weeks. So….let’s get started!

Week #1  You Are Unique

You are unique! There is no one in the world with your unique set of abilities, your physical characteristics, your personality. You are one in a billion! That makes you very valuable indeed! You have also already accomplished many things in life. In fact, you are a BUNDLE of accomplishments and FUTURE POTENTIAL! But you might need to see this in black and white to believe how really accomplished you are so….

Your first assignment is to:

Make a list of your personal achievements SO FAR, going back to your childhood. List things such as: I learned how to twirl a baton, I learned how to play the piano, I raised three children, I started a business, I taught a Sunday School class, I overcame an addiction, etc. Anything you have accomplished in your lifetime so far. There should be a minimum of 15 things listed. Yes, you DO have that many things you’ve accomplished! List more if you can. Ask family members to give you ideas as well. You may not have thought of some  things as accomplishments before but they are! Look back over your list and give yourself a HIGH FIVE  for all you have done  in life!

And, Hey, CONGRATULATIONS to you on your achievements in life so far! You are a SUPER STAR!

See how simple this is? We’ll be back on Wednesday with more easy things to write about. If anyone would like to share what they felt doing this exercise please feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for participating!  Have a great week!   Sandy

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8 Comments »

  1. yeah – i’m in! thanks so much for the encouragement to look more closely at myself and live more intentionally. i’m looking forward to these next 4 weeks.

    Comment by Elissa — February 22, 2010 @ 7:52 am

  2. I”m not nearly as confindent as your irst responder. I may need family HELP!!

    Comment by Marge — February 22, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  3. We’ll help! 🙂

    Comment by sakaco — February 22, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

  4. FYI: sakaco is my user name on this as there was already a sandy. It stands for SAndra KAy COokman.

    Comment by sakaco — February 22, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  5. Aren’t blogs great?! Looking forward to connecting with all of you!

    Sherrie

    Comment by bloomingboomers — February 22, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

  6. Hi Sandy & Sherrie,
    I have my journal, and I’m ready for this next “intentional” adventure! This will be a great Lenten season as we walk towards Easter, Spring and new life.
    ALOHA, Nani

    Comment by Nani — February 22, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

  7. Count me in….very good perspective and it’s putting to words things that I’ve been trying to accomplish…

    Comment by Amy — February 23, 2010 @ 12:20 am

  8. I can’t believe how many items are on my list! Here I was thinking this would be a challenging assignment, and it left me feeling like I have actually accomplished more than I thought or gave myself credit for.

    Comment by Nani — February 24, 2010 @ 3:40 pm


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