The importance of “intention” in life cannot be understated. Where purpose gives meaning and sets goals, your intention automatically guides action. When you cannot articulate your intention given a certain situation or circumstance, you may, by chance, arrive at some outcome, or you may arrive at another, harboring (consciously or subconsciously) a need or desire for an entirely different outcome. Not stating an intention may be a way out, an escape for a different reality.
Intention, expressed or not, will tell you which direction life will take you.
Naturally, good intentions sometimes fail. But failing from a place of well-intended action allows for recovery, if for no other reason than that we are more conscious, mindful, and purposeful in our being.
Sometimes, life surprises us with the unknown. It is only to be expected with all the unknown and the unforeseeable currents of our lives and mysteries of the universe. Poet Juan Ramon Jimenez captures one such experience in his poem Oceans.
I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
--Nothing happens? Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?
That’s how new life sometimes reveals itself, for good or for bad. In any case, once again, right way, we have an opportunity to set our intention. Pay attention to what is important and beautiful in life. “Where we invest our attention makes all the difference in the character of later life.” (Wendy Lustbader, from Life Gets Better)
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.