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9.18.2013

GREAT INTENTIONS


Don't tell me you're going to do something. I don't need to hear it. Just do it. 

I'm not sure why some people feel it a requirement, need the affirmation, have to be noticed or desperately want to be validated by telling you over and over again their intentions through declarations.  I like some things in my life to be kept quiet.  I get all the satisfaction I need from simply doing them, not telling you I am going to them or even that I did them.  My intentions and declarations do not fulfill the need for conquering and completing in my life.  Fulfilling them brings a sense of completion, a sense of satisfaction, a huge win to my conquering spirit.

Sometimes I think the more a person declares, the less likely they are to follow through. Who am I ultimately trying to convince by declaring. There is definitely something to be said for accountability though. You would think that saying, declaring, and intending with all our might what we know we should be doing out loud would create some sort of spoken to the universe promise.  It seems to, in the category of great intenders that is, to do the opposite.  Though they say it boldly, loudly, knowingly and often with great conviction, that is the step they never get past.

Human nature lends itself easily to procrastination - knowing what needs to be done at a certain time but putting it off as long as possible or forever if there is no solid must do end date.  It's a culturally acceptable piece to being undisciplined. 

Don't tell me you're going to start dieting, change your lifestyle of chaos, slow down, eat more vegetables, actually use the gym membership you pay for every month, quit watching so much TV, go to bed earlier, get up earlier, stop drinking diet pop, go to the dentist more often, take vitamins, stop perusing porn, run a marathon, start running, do more sales calls, go to church regularly, quit drinking coffee, drink more water, quit smoking, stop drinking so much beer, spend more time with the family, be more patient, stand up for yourself, let go of the past, forgive that person who caused you great pain, take better care of your body, get your priorities in order, visit your relatives more, finish the half done remodel job started in the bathroom, start saving, get out of debt, write a book, get a song recorded, quit worrying. 

How much time do we spend declaring and not doing?  How much energy do we redirect just to procrastinate doing the things we know we should do, really want to do but seem a bit hard or just out of reach or need to stop doing?

Maybe it's my realist, minimalistic, think anything can be done ways, but those intenders, declarers and informers of every last thing they want or are doing wear me out.  I don't want to hold your hand to prod you, encourage you, convince you, coax your or affirm your every step in life.  Great intentions stand still. 

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