Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ten on Tuesday - Good Intentions

 I'm just a soul whose intentions are good...

Today's Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Intentions for 2015. I do like the word "intentions" as it seems to accentuate the process of change, and be softer, more malleable, and less prone to failure than "goals" or "resolutions". My intentions for 2015 are:

1.  Practice patience
2.  Be present
3.  See positively
4.  See realistically
5.  Be present
6.  Pay attention
7.  Be quiet
8.  Learn more
9.  Accept what is
10. Take action

When I read over my list, I realized that I had written "Be present" twice, but it's a big one for me, so I'm going to leave it there both times as a reminder of its importance. This list looks like a lot of things to focus on, so I've begun to see the usefulness of one little word. I've had my word chosen for me in a most wonderful way, but I'll write more about that later.  

I want to remember that intentions are fine, but that actions often need to arise from those intentions. My sister and I still laugh about a phone conversation we had years ago when I said, "You know what the road to hell is paved with."
She replied, "No, I don't, but I do know that the road to heaven is paved with good intentions."
I was so sorry that I had to disillusion her about her misunderstanding of the saying. If only the road to heaven was paved with good intentions! Here's to good intentions and constructive actions in 2015!


  1. Be present - such a good one. Thank you for reminding me about that.

  2. #1 and #3 are things I certainly need to work on! Great list and heck...looks like I'm headed to hell! ;-)

  3. Your list is perfection and ever important. I'm looking forward to your "one word".

  4. When I was making my list in my head today (haven't posted it yet) - I had two on your list! Be quiet and practice patience!

    Linda in VA

  5. I am patient with others but not with myself.

  6. Most Excellent List! And I LOVE the Be Present double-whammy most of all. XO

  7. Great list! I like "see positively" a lot. I tend to think positively about people, but when a situation arises I jump to the worst case scenario instead.

  8. having read about your OLW first, I think this list supports it well. we have a few in common, too. I'm looking forward to seeing where this takes you; your insight and perspective have been great learnings for me.

  9. Yep, the road to heaven is paved with good intentions! Guess we're all going there. Haha! We'll be laughing at that one forever. I'm always full of good intentions, I just can't seem to get them done or remember to do them. I guess I need to put that on my list of intentions.

  10. I work hard at being present and it's a struggle when I have crafted worrying over the years. However the days when I am present I am happy! Love your list :)


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