Practicing Our Intentions

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A Sidestep to Ponder

I've focused a lot on intentions this month—about bringing together my thoughts and feelings on what I do with my photos and words, what motivates me, and why it matters. But, I'm not sure I've given enough time to some important beliefs I hold about it all—beliefs solidifying, it seems, through this journey.

So, it appears to be a good time to step off the trail and ponder for a moment about these beliefs.

Guiding Beliefs

My first two beliefs have to do with the "why?" question, itself.

I believe:

  1. An answer to "why?" is a unique expression that reflects the uniqueness of the person providing the answer
  2. Our answers to "why?" are likely to change over time as we evolve as creatives and memory keepers

In other words, though several of us may discover overlaps in our memory keeping intentions, some of us will arrive at wildly different answers about what we do, what motivates us, and why it matters. Our takes on it all will reflect both our individuality as well as our connections and similarities to each other.

Even as changeable as the answers are, another belief I hold is this: You can set your internal compass by your answer—especially, if you write it down. Having well-defined intentions (that include your "why?"), provides clarity around goals and purpose (which is a pretty good reason to go through the effort of defining our intentions in the first place). Writing them down, helps you remember them.

For instance, when I turn my attention towards creating (a pursuit I love), I find that my intentions slide a bit as I attend to craft and grow my skills and knowledge in a particular area of the craft. After a while, I forget why memory keeping matters to me because I've been focusing so much on specific photography, writing, or graphic design techniques and why they matter. Eventually, I start feeling a little lost and unclear about what memories I want to preserve and why. That's when having a written intention comes into play. It reminds me of my “why?” while giving me clarity around what outcomes I want. So, my intentions serve as a trajectory (or direction) by which to set my internal compass.

However, it is my last belief that cinches the knot for the desire to share my beliefs in this post. I believe that action is required before an intention and the value it's meant to uphold becomes truth. Having an intention isn't enough by itself. For anything to come of my intentions—for my intentions to reflect my inner, authentic, unique self and truths—I need to do things that align with and fulfill my intentions. I need to put my intentions into practice.

At this point, I need a little time to plan the actions I'll take to observe, practice, and honor my unique truths. But, I do promise to share them (along with my truths) in a future post. In the meanwhile, what about you? What are some memory keeping beliefs you hold as true?


I'd Love to Hear from You 🙂

Since I see us on this journey to master memory keeping together, I'd like to hear your thoughts. So, let's chat about:

  • Your thoughts and feelings about the post
  • What your're doing this week related to memory keeping
  • Your take on the One a Month Projects

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