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Intentions

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Intentions

Intentions

 

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We are all in position, on a daily basis, to make decisions.  Even not making a decision is making a decision.  Just making a decision, however, is not enough. Forty years ago I decided to quit smoking.  Ten years later I did.  I spent an entire decade stating that I intended to quit.  I was able to conceal my intentions by my actions: I have found that since I continued to smoke, even though I told people I was going to quit, that most people still believed I intended to continue smoking.  It would seem many people are in the habit of judging my actions rather than my intentions. Rightly so.

 

There’s probably no one who hasn’t wished for a do-over.  You forgot, there’s an action that was not completely thought through, or you simply screwed-up. I believe it is human nature to look elsewhere for blame placement, even when I don’t intend to. I’m just glad my thoughts are not broadcast for all to hear.  My dad had a sign in his office: It is better to keep your mouth closed and have people think you a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt… Unfortunately, I have unintentionally removed all doubt, on several occasions.

 

I’m often dogged by various things I intend to do.  Projects do that to me.  Once I see something that needs attention, it drives me a bit kooky until I can get completion.  My life quest is to narrow the chasm that exists between my intentions and my actions.  I have learned that overwhelming projects are actually a series of many small projects done in the correct order.  At least, that is what I intend to do.

 

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