Five Minute Friday: INTENTIONAL

Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.”

Today’s prompt: INTENTIONAL

“Professionals should be intentional about ……….”

In my morning freelance job, I summarize news articles. The goal is to be concise and straightforward.

One type of article I summarize is a professional practices article, such as “how to plan for organizational growth” or “how to prepare for retirement.”

Today, when summarizing one of those types of articles, I started typing “Attorneys should be intentional about their plans for retirement” and then I deleted that word choice.

Besides the fact that there were more concise ways to make the point, who am I to tell someone else a) what they should do and b) to be intentional?

So much of “intentional” comes from being internally motivated, with a lovely layer of strategic methodology on top (or woven through), and I would argue with a generous helping of heart.

As I communicated with someone about a job I had been pursuing today, I had to be honest (yet professional). I don’t know how this ties in with intentional (which is not how my career process has felt since Dad passed away in July and I gained the freedom to work outside of the home if I want to) but an internal voice said “just be honest (and patient).”

It is an ongoing challenge to wait and be patient for life to unfold as it should while remaining intentional about the choices that matter. 
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22 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: INTENTIONAL

  1. So much THIS: “It is an ongoing challenge to wait and be patient for life to unfold as it should while remaining intentional about the choices that matter. ” Praying for you friend. I’m in the 4 spot this week.

  2. I agree that intention is very internal and it can be hard to encourage someone else to be intentional as a result. (I see this often with my kids). Most of us do want to be intentional about those things that matter to us, but not all the same things matter to each person. Some lovely insights and perspective here. Thanks for sharing.

  3. “It is an ongoing challenge to wait and be patient for life to unfold as it should while remaining intentional about the choices that matter. ”

    Such a balance to strike here, but so important!

  4. “So much of “intentional” comes from being internally motivated, with a lovely layer of strategic methodology on top (or woven through), and I would argue with a generous helping of heart.” this makes me smile! I think of building an internal ‘me’ who will do my bidding, rather God’s bidding. I love how you phrased this. God bless!

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