Clearing the fog
A realization about clarity, practicing gratitude and today, well-lived.
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Today’s intention is:
Love yourself and find joy.
Love your friends and find support.
Love your enemies and find truth.
Clarity is a continuum
The rhythmic thump of my running shoes on the pavement travels up my legs, into my chest, and begins dislodging the stubborn fog in my head. A salty afternoon breeze blows across my skin from the ocean on my right, refreshing my senses.
A cloud of doubt had sunk me into uncertainty after a late wake up this morning. I attempted to write my Morning Pages, but even simple words slipped out of reach.
Over our morning coffee, I wondered out loud to my wife, “Am I doing this right? I feel uncertain about my path. Is this intentional living?”
She looked back at me, puzzled and lacking the magical answer I was grappling to find.
After a chat with my friend Kenny and creative partner Monica, I headed out for a seven-mile jog on Newport Boulevard. My friends’ wise words swirled with the lyrics of the music pumping through my headphones.
Running hypnosis sets in and I begin to surrender into receiving.
A sense that the world is not on my shoulders alone relieves me as I realize that:
Clarity is not absolute.
Clarity is a continuum.
I see that navigating the middle ground — somewhere between the perfection of being 100% crystal clear and the frustration of 0% clear and totally lost — is the sweet spot. There are bigger forces at play in life. Spending too much time and energy worrying about being on the “right” path robs me of enjoying what’s here in front of me.
My clarity fluctuates but I can choose to remain in meaningful action; review my past writings for Student of Intention, appreciate the lessons I have learned so far, and work on the website that’s due to launch soon.
I can choose to keep going.
Your clarity fluctuates too. You can feel foggy and disconnected.
Write down your thoughts. Share them with trusted partners. Then get outside and take a walk, a run, or a bike ride. Put yourself in a place to receive and just be.
Foggy days are an inevitable part of an intentional life.
But keep going. Clearer ones will follow.
Clarity through gratitude
My friend Taylor shared a question in the Student of Intention community this week that has proven helpful for gaining clarity and realigning with The Universe.
From Chris Schembra’s book Gratitude and Pasta:
“If you could give credit of thanks to one person in your life, that you don’t give enough credit or thanks to, who would that be?”
Some of us talked about our partners. Some about our dads and moms.
We all shared what we can do to give more thanks.
Then clarity came.
That’s the power of gratitude.
It keeps you in a state of trust and thankfulness, no matter what emotion or uncertainty comes your way.
It clears the fog.
Clarity through prayer
Taylor had a big week.
He shared this daily prayer from his childhood. He tries to read it every day.
I think it worth you and I reading today, too.
And let me know what you think.
Until next time,
Don’t wait. Start small. Learn as you go.