The eagle rules the skies
Choosing to roam in the blues
Floating into the realm of those beneath
Only when it chooses
Therein lies the value
Never allowing the winds or the skies to dictate
When to soar
And when it’s wings, to rest
It drifts low
And sends shivers further down shaky spines
An eagle makes its intentions known
Wings open or wings closed.
It was Sunday evening and I was leaving Safeway (Yoruba Demons, Weed, and a Safeway). Actually, I was sitting in my car in front of Safeway when a couple parked behind me and exited the car.
Hand in hand, they giggled and laughed into Safeway.
They were an African American couple in their late fifties or early sixties.
I watched them from my rear view mirror as they walked in and basically ignored it.
I thought I would have left the parking lot before they returned but I get lazy in my car sometimes after a workout.
I think I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline when they emerged from Safeway.
I looked up at the dashboard clock and realized that I had been sitting there for more than 20 minutes.
It didn’t matter very much when I looked up again and saw them still laughing and giggling.
They entered their car and I watched from my rearview mirror as they laughed and the man placed his left hand on her cheek, he said something to her and then leaned in to kiss her.
When they broke the kiss, she picked up his left hand and kissed the back of it.
I felt something but I tried to ignore again.
They lingered as he put the car in reverse.
And I felt it again, this time, I didn’t ignore. I stepped out of my car and said
“Excuse me, can I please ask you something?”
Surprised, the man said
I bent forward to get a better view of them inside their Toyota Rav4.
“How do you stay so happy?”
He smiled and looked over to her and then back to me before replying. He said
“If you know what I know about this woman, it is easy.
She gets me but more than that, she is good people”
I nodded in agreement and then she spoke and said
“We love each other everyday.”
I thanked them for their insight and turned to head back to my car. The man said with a slightly embarrassed look
“You saw all that?”
I nodded and said
“Yup and I’m glad I did. You guys have a good one”
They both said and they drove off.
That interaction got me thinking about intentionality. I speak about it a lot.
Particularly with my friends and with my show.
I learned a few years ago about intentionality. You can be good in general but you can be intentional in how you choose to display your goodness or how you decide to be impactful with it.
Are you intentional in love? Forgiveness? Friendship? Trusting? Growing? Evolving?
I know it is easy to coast through life but the thing that separates the regular is intentionality.
Loving takes so much humility but more importantly, intentionality. As we are innately selfish, you have to choose love everyday like the couple I met.
Forgiving takes intention, you have to choose to shelve the hurt and the pain to let go.
Growing and evolving requires you putting active effort into the process.
Success requires intention towards perfection.
I find myself sometimes questioning my ability to be intentional.
Taking steps to live beyond the regular. Do I go the extra step to show my friends and family that I care?
Or do they just get the regular because they know I am a good person?
Think it through.
Think about what is the bare minimum in everything you do and then decide to be intentional about doing more.
It will set you apart.
You will be better for it, the world will be better for it.
And like the couple I met, you will have reasons to laugh into your old.
Thank you for reading and sharing my thoughts.
What are some things you will like to be more intentional about? Time with God? Working out? Trying new things?
Leave me a comment below and let me know.
I have a new challenge on my hands and I intend to dominate. It will take patience and effort but I am determined to be successful. But till then, stay up!
From the desk of,
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One thought on “Be Intentional”
I have always believed in actively ensuring that you are trying to make things work (Intention) makes a difference and usually leads to positive outcomes. Intention brings about a shift in mentality. The last two weeks i have been more intentional with my quiet time and how i show love to my loved ones. Though early days it has made a huge difference professionally and in my personal life. I was reminded how important intention is.
Thank you for your wise words that always pushes us to do and be better. It is really appreciated.