Well, I guess a blogger is one thing I am not…
I started this thing two years ago as a new year’s resolution to document more of mine and Emily’s life and adventures; much like a journal/reflection type thing… Nothing extraordinary, not trying to make a living out of this or anything, just a method for friends and family to keep up with certain parts of our lives.
Man, did that tank quickly. The effort was there… for a few months… and then nada. I’m beginning to realize how serious this whole ‘being a dreamer’ thing is in my life and how quickly new ideas get lost in the excitement of something else.
As I’m sitting here enjoying a slow Saturday with a cup of coffee and a lit candle smelling of leather and pine (how much manlier can you get?), I thought I’d jot a quick note and and few thoughts from this old (32 and climbing) fart.
Intentionality. This is my word for the year which I am using as a theme for…everything.
Maybe starting my own business and finally realizing that I can make it in this world on my own is what initiated the change and brought this [word] front and center… I don’t know. I do know, however, that I am changing and that life looks a little different for me now than it did even a year ago. Hopefully, it will start to look differently to those who know me well.
So, back to the word ‘intentionality’… I really like this word right now… Almost as much as a good Ole Fashioned or pictures of cute puppies (thats a topic for a future post). Intentionality is a word that I want to filter my whole life through and I implore you consider the same.
Its great to be living in a period of such awesome technology and discoveries but it also blows. Everything wants our time and money. EVERYTHING. It’s exciting to have so many options, but the important stuff gets less of us. Sometimes I’m bummed I wasn’t born in the 1800’s. Sure, I could have died from Scarlett Fever or appendicitis, but I wouldn’t have to worry about interpreting someone’s tone over text message or who has or hasn’t poked me on FB (is that even a thing anymore?). The grass is always greener I suppose…
This year, I plan on giving more of myself to the things that matter and less time to things that do not.
Areas for growth in intentionality:
- Daily time with The Lord in silence, meditation and prayer.
- A block of time each day for some form of exercise (I’m not trying to be the hulk here just trying to maintain overall health and physique).
- block of time each day to sit and talk/listen with my wife about our days/personal wins and frustrations/goals/dreams for the future.
- Little to no phone access when home.
- Having a few very close friends vs trying to hang with everyone.
- Reading more and actually finishing several good books.
- Having a bro hang each week/ A few close dudes to spend one on one time with.
More and more I’m realizing the importance of these things and how they contribute to my overall health and to becoming the man God wants me to be. I want to care less about pleasing everyone and focus on the most important people; the people that need me to care the most.
If you know me, feel free to ask how this whole plan is going the next time you see me… Accountability is an art that could stand to make a comeback.