Let Me Ask You A Question – 2/18/17

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Let me ask you a question:

My personal mission statement is: Seek out ways to add value to the world around me, every day.  

Do you think it is important to be intentional about your daily interactions with other people?

34 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 2/18/17

  1. “Thoughts become things…” Yes, an intention is incredibly important in living a purposeful life, in my humble secret opinion. It brings your aspirations into reality and provides focus. ‘Adding value to others lives’…if your intentions are pure/wholesome, they will always add value to life/others, even when you think it does not, I would propose.

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  2. I think so, particularly if you’re trying to begin a new attitude/action and/or maintain so. Eventually it’d become habit, ones new normal, and require less “intent” and simply come naturally. Much like bad actions become habitual, so too can good actions.

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  3. Good question. My answer is something I read long ago.

    An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy & truth. “The boy thought about this & asked, ‘Which wolf wins?'” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed”.

    Just feed the right one. ☺

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  4. We just studies about this in our Bible study on Thursday – being the salt and the light of the world. We talked about what the world would be like with Christian being the salt and the light. Being the salt is let our natural Christian life to be the influence. Being the light would be more intentional, making the effort, and not hiding the light.

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  5. Living in the moment as I do, being intentional is a vital part of it and in creating a life of service and love. I cannot imagine a day where living intentionally isn’t a part of it. My motto is always choose wisely, choose intentionally, it is the only way I want my life to be.

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      • Over the past several years I’ve lived with people who live with zero direction, it astounds me. Their lack of direction is reflected in their life situations, the near comedy of things going from bad to worse with no idea how it got that way. I am always thankful that I live with awareness and intention. Great question.

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  6. Being intentional is how I pulled myself out of debt, and dropped the seventy pounds I left behind 12 years ago. Now that I have achieved those goals, I add value to the world by volunteering to lead Dave Ramsey’s 9 week Financial Peace University, and I also became a Weight Watcher’s coach in order to share my experience, strength and hope with others in that arena as well. Adding value to the lives of others has added value to mine!

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  7. Absolutely! Important to be both intentional and deliberate. I find that the less intentional I am, the more life seems to become a bit chaotic and all over the place. The universe doesn’t know what to “give” me if I don’t “ask.” If I hadn’t become more intentional, I don’t know that I would have found the perfect school with the perfect coursework that aligned with my dreams of being in service in the way I imagined. Also, I deeply appreciate your mission statement! I’ve only just started following you a week or so ago and I can say that you have definitely added value to day-to-day in that time!

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    • Thank you so much, Alalyak! You said something that got my attention in-full! “The universe doesn’t know what to give me if I don’t ask.” This is such a true and powerful statement that so many don’t understand. You have to tell the universe what you want AND if you do this often enough, based on intention, then you can get what you want. But, as the Good Book says, many don’t get because they don’t ask. 🙂

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  8. Great question, and lovely comments all of them. I too believe that it is important to make effort to add goodness to the day of other people, a kind word, a smile, a helpful hand, I think it is often in the little things that we can do for others, or the attention we give, that the beauty lies of a peaceful and loving world.
    What goes around, comes around, so in adding goodness to other’s lives we also add it to our own.

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  9. In a way yes, but I also think it should happen naturally. Maybe it’s like a training… you need to get yourself to the point where it happens naturally (if it’s not the case yet). It’s something I try to instill in the kids without them noticing that I do, so it becomes a simple natural way for them.

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