A daily intention to improve your day

“So, does this mean I need to buy you a new ring?” My husband looked suspicious.

“Well that’s a nice idea”, I replied as he retreated with some haste. “But it’s not strictly necessary”, I added, as the study door closed.

Let me explain. I’ve been experimenting recently with setting daily intentions. Finding life with baby and toddler to have its hairy moments (and I’m not just talking about the state of my eyebrows), I figured an intention would help me to stumble through the day with some serenity, or at least without screaming too loudly.

Now, as I’m currently too tired to remember details such as my children’s names, when they last ate and (most importantly) where in the hell I left the coffee pot, the likelihood of remembering a daily intention is slim. So I decided to ‘attach’ the intention to something.

My first thought was to use a regular activity, such as brushing one’s teeth or going to the loo. But I sometimes forget the former, and often have toddling company during the latter. So, I decided to use an object instead and decided upon a ring that I always wear. Basically, it’s an aesthetically pleasing post-it note. When I put it on in the morning, I think of a word or phrase that I’ll return to throughout the day. Depending on what’s ahead of us, this might look like:

– I’ve got this

– Kindness

– I wanted this job

– Nurture

– Choose love

– Soon, there will be wine

Using an object like this can also simply be a reminder to take a breath and be mindful – to appreciate what’s going on; no matter how chaotic, uncomfortable or messy the situation may be.

Glancing at the ring throughout the day helps me stay on track, even when kids, plans or events spin off track. I’ve found that it lightens my mood and keeps me in a smilier state regardless of what life or, more likely, the toddler throws at me. And, of course, it’s an excellent excuse for some new jewellery.

What would you choose as your daily intention?

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2 Comments
  • Dr Mummykins
    August 7, 2016

    Loved reading this. Made me realise that I unintentionally used to do this when I worked long hospital night shifts a few years back. I would focus on my (at the time new!) engagement ring and it would be a reminder to take a deep breath, focus and remember that there is life the other side of that night shift!

    • Liz Lowe
      August 9, 2016

      Absolutely! That’s why we need jewellery. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. 🙂

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