Living with Intention

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it,
to taste experience to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly and without
fear for newer and richer experiences.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not about what you do tomorrow or the next day that will bring positivity and purpose to your life – it is about being present and living in the moment. It is about everything you do today. The fact that we can choose a daily focus and welcome the chance to stay present and aware is a step towards finding actions that will  fulfill life every day.

Today, I am going to take breaks away from my laptop. Every 30 minutes, I am going to take a walk with the dogs and my neighbor Kate (her pug is Rocky, best friend to the Cprgis) or fill the bird feeders, or grab my camera to photograph the Welsh Corgis.  I may do some stretching exercises or rearrange the furniture in the family room (with my huband’s help).  I might even listen to a favorite song and sing along – or dance!  The point is, I need to live in the moment, away from devices such as ipad, cell phone, and laptop – and just experience life. Thirty minutes is doable for me since, when I am home, I often have three to six hour marathons with my laptop.

Even as I drive to Berwyn to meet my dear friends Mary, Rita, and Janice for a birthday lunch celebration at Nectar, I am going to live in the moment and try to notice the look of the trees, the animals, the sky, people, the kinds of vehicles – what could I write about in my writer’s notebook later?

For days, I wait patiently for these blooms,
Careful to provide the right amount of water.
Amaryllis opens on the last day of January,
Even though Arctic cold leaks through my large bay window.
Amaryllis does not disappoint,
Giving me an early spring in February,
While small snowflakes drift through my backyard…
And I feel warm, inside and out!

amaryllis

amaryllis bloom

With thanks to Letty Moon for this wonderful gift of amaryllis. She was worth the wait!

 

 

 

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