I remember an idea that I once read in one of Dr. Maya Angelou’s books. She designated a “mental health day” each month. This was a day to remove any distractions, and create a time to think and reflect. Her intention motivated me to be intentional about taking the time to do things that brought me joy and encouraged positive thinking. I avoided reading about the political, local and world turmoil. I spent time with friends and family. I even called a few old friends from high school and college. I took time to call friends who needed some cheering up and encouragement. I also treated myself to a few guilty pleasures: a favorite movie, a favorite book and glass of “good” wine – only one a week of course.My daughter, Monique, gave me a wonderful gift several years ago that sits on my desk. It’s a quote that reads, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” This quote always reminds me that loving me is a good thing.Taking an entire month to disconnect from negative energy was challenging. This is not easy, right? Being intentional surfaced opportunities to reach my goal to be still.Here are a few of the benefits I gained from being intentional:
- Spiritual growth
- Healthier brain
- Appreciation of meditation and prayer time
- More laughter and joy
- Increased gratitude
- Experienced more good in the world than bad
- Noticed more good in people than bad
- Observed how kindness tempers the ills of the day
- Realized what is important in my life
Taking a month to rest your brain may not be realistic. The challenges and demands of everyday life seep into our being which make it difficult to rationalize any personal intention. My pastor, Bishop Grannum, says, “Intention moves you from dreaming to doing.” I think intention creates action and action creates results. My intention was important to taking action. Was it a perfect month? No, however, positive results happened!
Whatever your goal or dream is for 2016, do it with “intention.” Intention creates an energy that gives you a purpose whether it’s for a day, a week, a month or a year. Writing down your intention is the catalyst for movement.
I’m excited about 2016. I hope you are! I’m looking forward to new ideas and new ways to age gracefully. I’m looking forward to continue my intention to help women live well with vigor and excitement.
Create a big dream or a small dream, but do it with intention.
Want to begin 2016 sharing meeting space with women over 60 about important issues? Join fun and awesome women on Tuesday, February 16. We love to talk – P.O.W.E.R Circles is a great place to talk! Join us at my favorite book store, Towne Book Center and Cafe.
Why join a P.O.W.E.R. Circle?
- Feel POWERful about living longer
- Connect with other women discovering their natural strengths
- Explore issues and topics that relate to where we are in life
- Laugh and enjoy celebrating who we are
- Live an authentic life
Meeting space is limited.
Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 pm. – 7:00 p.m
Towne Book Center and Cafe in Providence Center
Please register for P.O.W.E.R. Circles by calling 610-409-8905 or Towne Book Center & Cafe – 610-454-0640.
Peace and Blessings,