I know it’s a cliché, however, I’m starting to understand what people mean when they say “life’s too short to ___fill in the blank___” I think for me the phrase is “Life’s too short to live unintentionally.” I want to do my best to live each moment intentionally, thinking through what I’m doing and why, being aware of what I’m consuming (food, drink and media, etc).
Growing up my parents emphasized “excellence.” We were to do everything in an excellent way: from sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor, to conversations with friends, doing our jobs, even playing (using our imaginations instead of being bored) etc. This is one of the greatest lessons that my parents instilled in me (even if I tease Dad about the time he made me clean the kitchen floors again: “the point of mopping is not to just get the floor wet but to pick up anything that sweeping left behind.” Or that sometimes I tease mom by repeating “if you’re bored you’re not using your imagination!” Some things stay with you J).
Living intentionally and with excellence go hand in hand. If I’m intentional about what I eat, what I drink, what I read, what I watch, what I say, what I do, I think that excellence will automatically follow.
Part of the reason I started this blog is to be intentional about keeping track of what I’m learning during this season (I’ve tried journaling, it’s not for me). Blogging about things requires me to a) really think things through b) describe it in a succinct way c) have accountability to live up to what I’m writing. It also gives me a way to share what I’m learning and the ability to go back and revisit these lessons. I want to be able to look back in the future and remember what I am currently learning or to see where I’ve grown even further in certain areas.
I don’t want my life to look like what the world says it should be: busy, full of things, full of money, seeking pleasure, constantly being plugged in. I want my life to be full of real, fulfilling relationships, intentional living, and excellence – aiming to be the best that I can be in every aspect of my life.