Intentional Living-Time to Think, Design and Live

Posted: 11 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 1 minute, 44 seconds

I would love to tell you that I have always lived an intentional life but that is not true. As a matter of fact, I would say for many years it was just the opposite. My first real job was with a local TV station in Jacksonville, Florida. How did I end up running camera and building sets? My best friend was a passionate communication’s major in college who wanted more than anything to be a television producer after she graduated from college. Me? I just said. “I’ll have what she is having”. So I too, got a job in TV. I enjoyed the work, I was even good at it but it was not my ideal job, it was my best friend’s ideal job. Once I mastered the basics of the craft, I wanted to move on to something else. I did not love the work in and of itself so I started looking for the next challenge.

Over time I started to question why I was so restless and began to think about the choices I was making in my life. But ultimately, it was the terminal illness and subsequent death of my ex-husband that made me take a hard look at my core beliefs and understand they were not always reflected in how I was living. Gradually, I was able to articulate what it meant to live intentionally. To me it is about taking the time to make sure that what I am doing in life aligns with what I believe.

Now I consciously think about the how I am living my life. That philosophy encompasses everything from how I decorate my home to how I treat my neighbors. Candidly, it has not always been easy. I live the cliché two steps forward, one step back but daily, I make the effort to think about and live the life I envision. How about you? What does living intentionally mean to you? How do you live a virtuous life? I would be interested to learn about your struggles and successes in living intentionally.