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Those values won’t happen overnight. Give them time to breathe, wander, and take form. It’s okay to follow impulses every once in a while—some would argue that’s what makes us human—but some ideas just need the space to solidify, just in order to become something worth acting on. Let them move at their individual paces. In the process, don’t be afraid to let ideas meander, go backwards, or jump off topic. Does it matter if an idea ends up being completely different from what it started off as, or if it addresses a value completely different than the one it was originally attached to?
Don’t shun ideas simply because someone else voiced them, either. The reason why intention is such a popular, shared goal today is because other people genuinely also want to be intentional. It’s okay to absorb the ideas of a role model or gain wisdom from an inspiring company. It’s okay to feel comfortable in the presence of the masses. If their ideas align with your set of values, go along for the ride and see what happens. Join a community and support each others’ explorations. Make the journey towards intention easier, not harder. If the match doesn’t work, it’s ok to disembark and try something new. Intention doesn’t mean getting it right the first time.
So this year, I’m going to create spaces for myself to observe and think. I’ll examine myself and my surroundings before judging, responding, or acting. I’ll be more open to trying something new and seeing what comes out of it. And if it doesn’t work out? Well, I won’t be so quick to dismiss a bad result as a weakness in my personality. Throughout it all, I’ll be looking for values to believe in and build upon. I hope that someday I’ll look back and find myself more at peace with who I am and the values I’ve committed to. I hope that the day will come when I can act with confidence and intention, because I took the time today to ground myself.
The distractions will no doubt continue—what would our world be, after all, without some chaos and excitement?—but I’ll find a way to live harmoniously with them, instead of being in service to them.