New Year; New Intentions
in·ten·tion|\ in-ˈten(t)-shən: what one intends to do or bring about.
It's 12:44am, on January 1, 2021. I'm sitting on my bed, listening to the loud sounds of fireworks and firecrackers competing with each other outside my window. Like many, I am relieved that 2020 is over. It was a year full of trials and most of my days were filled with anxiety. Between navigating COVID-19, loss, and coping through global racial injustices it was an exhausting year to say the least. However, I am optimistic, well cautiously optimistic, about the new year because I should be. My faith teaches me to be optimistic in every situation, and to trust in the power and wisdom of Allah (God). Honestly, the last nine months of 2020, even with loss and tests, were beneficial. I learned to live with intention while striving to find my purpose. Ultimately, l have experienced my life is based upon intention and the outcome can be a success...or a complete failure.
Each new year is about commiting to new resolutions, often unreasonable and unattainable. This year I made a conscious decision to abandon the idea of New Year's Resolutions. In the past, I would start off strong with a steady momentum and by February I'd plummet. Every resolution... long forgotten. So, I made a deal- with myself- to never make resolutions but to focus on intentions for the upcoming year, and to keep it simple. That was my problem before, I was fixated on grandiose resolutions that were unrealistic. Unachievable. The end result left me feeling unaccomplished. At the start of 2020, I jumped right in with little to no resolve. It was a year of searching, learning, and letting go. I want this year to be different, so I am going in with 5 simple intentions. Just 5...that's it!
Your intention rules your life and determines the outcome. - Oprah Winfrey
I have adopted a motto this year: peaceful simplicity. If it's not simple and not offering me peace, then it's not for me. Yes, I am aware that challenges will arise. But, day to day life should be as peaceful and simplistic as possible, and these 5 intentions will be my guide...
Grow with grace.
Be me, naturally.
Make time for rituals.
Fall in love with the journey.
...And of course I'm going to love and live naturally.