By Mary-Frances Klimek
There are those new or at least newer ways of thinking, thoughts like living with intention, but what does this really mean? Living with intention means different things to different people but I will take a stab at it. To live with intention is living a balanced life that has meaning and purpose so that you are doing what you enjoy at a level so that you are able to focus on those things that are important to you. It is about having a purpose so that you are able to say “no” so as not to become overwhelmed but also to say “yes” in order to enjoy the challenges and rewards that come with meeting or attempting to meet our own expectations.
You may be thinking that while this sounds fine, how does this relate to CSWEA? Think about it for a minute and the list of things that are important to our organization and to each of us can be summed up as intentions. Realize that not everyone will have the same list and that is to the betterment of the organization because it allows the group to make a difference in more areas simply because of the diversity of intentions.
For the individual, start by making a plan. Are you tired of having a list that never seems to get shorter? Ask yourself why that is? Do you have control over that list? You must have at least some control, so start there. Prioritize and then stick with the plan and priorities. When you set an intention, you commit to making it happen.
When living with intention, individuals chose activities that are of interest to them. You may be interested in helping plan a Seminar, but not want to give a presentation. By having individuals with intentions in each category, the organization benefits.
Those that live with intention are working toward personal growth. One intention may be to be part of a service project, but it may also be to only commit to projects that are of interest to you or where you will learn a new skill.
Those that choose to live with intention choose to enjoy what is going on now. Did you just complete a project, get a process working or write a report? Take time to enjoy the accomplishment. This extends to time away from work, too. Have you ever planned a party and at the end of the night realize that you haven’t had anything to eat? You were not mindful of the party and especially of your enjoyment.
When living with intention, you strive for balance and choose commitments that make a difference. This is often where the saying “no” or even “yes” comes in. If a committee already has enough members, those living with intention may choose the one committee that they are interested in that really needs their help.
Realize that by living and choosing with intention, you will not please everyone. The committee that you say no to may not be happy, but by limiting the number of optional commitments, you will be able to give more to those projects you do commit to and you will feel self-satisfaction that carries over to other areas, perhaps even to those areas that are not optional but that are requirements. No matter your decision, choose without regret and you will find that all will benefit by your decision.