Intention is what we bring to a task or role – whether we know what we are getting into or not.
Our strength as a caregivers to get up each day and take care of everything one can possibly do is astounding! The personal costs can sometimes be great (loss of time, resources, and even Health) but we persevere. But how do we do it?
Intention is our individual commitment to pursue our caregiving goal. We all jump into the deep end of that pool wondering if we even know how to swim (we do) but how exactly did we do that?
“It is more important to be of pure intention than of perfect action.”
― Ilyas Kassam
Starting With an Idea
Not to get too metaphysical with you, intention is an idea that we put into play in our lives. We literally define what we want and figuratively share it with the world.
Before you think I’ve gone too “woo-woo” on you, consider that most everything we do requires some sort of thought beforehand. Whether it is getting up from the sofa or tackling an algebra problem, we have a moment of pause in which we contemplate what we need in order to accomplish the goal at hand. Once we have a decision in mind, an intention if you will, we let that thought go and we proceed to implement our planned course of action.
We can do the same thing on a larger interpersonal scale too. Think of what we want to do, let it go, and engage Life.
Now if you turn this idea of intention around a bit and use it more assertively, perhaps – just perhaps, we can effect a change in our world. You will probably recognize this concept as “prayer”. We present our hopes to the larger unknown with the belief that it may somehow make something change.
“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.”
– Richard Bach, Illusions
One of my favorite authors, Richard Bach, wrote about attracting the things we want in Life by investing our personal energy in an individual vision to make things happen. Using the metaphor of an electromagnet where copper wire is coiled around a metal bar. When electricity is passing through the wire, the magnet works. We bring this electricity to our intentions. Between thinking of clear realistic goals and contributing positive thinking/actions to a situation, many things are possible.
The worst that can happen? You can do nothing to improve things and nothing changes.
The best case scenario is up to you. It is important to keep yourself open to possibilities when working to care for another.
What I suspect happens is that as we create goals in our mind, we consciously and unconsciously do things to achieve these goals. We don’t have the total control over Life to just make them happen but through small steps all leading to a wanted outcome, we can guide events to accomplish what we want.
It will just take time.
And here is a short video that I think expresses the concept of intention quite well. Just disregard that it is Apple boasting about itself.
Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
― Mary Anne Radmacher