My younger (childless) self set goals. And it was not much effort to achieve those goals. Then I had a child. And then that child started to have challenges in life. And then – – – well, my life fell apart.
I had lost my ability to feel productive. My old ways of setting goals no longer worked because no matter how well planned or documented, my child had other ideas about what we were going to do or achieve. It took me many years to figure out how to reconcile this because I NEED to feel productive and that I’m making forward progress.
A goal is a desired outcome. An intention is an aim, an authentic vow. Once I learned the difference and started to practice intentions over goals, life became a lot easier. That’s not to say I don’t still have goals for specific tasks, but living in health – or working on my child’s health falls within the intention camp. On any given day we may have not made any “measurable progress” but everyday my intention is to be present, creating meaningful interactions and experiences. Some days are hard, some days are easy – but my intention is solid.
One of the writers that really helped me get grounded is Louise Hay. She has some amazing books and an entire publishing house dedicated to intention and manifestation. If you are looking for one book to start, I suggest “You Can Heal Your Life”. It really is true that healing our children starts with healing ourselves first.
~ Amy Y.