Every morning, before the day has a chance to get to you, set your intention for the day. I like to start my morning ritual with gratitude. I think about all things for which I am grateful (not the least of which is waking up.) I give thanks for the night’s sleep, the comfy surroundings, the safe home, the air conditioner that keeps me cool, the opportunity to serve another day, things like that.

Then I set intention.

Intention is a potent force that acts on your behalf to help you create the day you want.

You can intend to “be” a certain way or to “do” certain things. You might say “Today I intend to be kind and say something nice to everyone I meet.” Or you might say “Today I intend to be creative and look at all situations as opportunities” or perhaps you want to say “Today I will look for and find strengths in everyone I meet – and affirm those strengths when I hear them.”

You choose any intention you want. You can write it down on an index card and carry it with you if you wish, you can say it out loud in the mirror, give yourself a wink and start your day. It’s up to you. It’s a simple way to give your day direction and purpose.

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