Staying true to myself and finding balance in 2011 has brought me to a weekly Yoga class on Monday afternoons. I am finding I am a quick study in the art of Yoga and finding my inner peace and balance. If only my inner peace and balance would stay with me on through the week till Friday. I’m still working on that one.
My Yoga instructor recently challenged my class to Live with Intent.
I asked myself during that class how was I living with intent and was my intent or purpose truly where I wanted my journey to take me. Living with intent can have multiple meanings at different times. I am speaking of intent in the form of living with purpose. Do we truly live with purpose and intent or are we merely going through the motions of life, waiting for others to make the change we want to see in the world.
I continued to ponder this challenge well into the next week, asking myself all the ways I lived with true and deep intent and purpose. How I am creating change in the world? How am I engaging my energy and passions? Where are my greatest accomplishments that are seen and heard? What are my goals and better yet, what journey am I pursuing and am I fully on board with it?
Living with intent doesn’t come easy. It comes with pushing your own boundaries and testing your strength, endurance and comfort level. It comes with many lessons along the way which include successes and failure. These I like to call “Learning Experiences.” In order to live with intent, you must first embrace that you can make a difference in your own life and others. You must agree to live out loud and be heard. You must set goals for yourself and hold yourself accountable, even when you are far from reaching them.
Can you imagine yourself making a difference in the life of your own child? Of course you can and you are! Can you make a difference in the life of another? Absolutely!
I can honestly say that I live with intent. My intent and purpose is to open doors for children and adults with disabilities. To raise the bar higher in our community and expect acceptance, understanding, and compassionate accommodations for those that need them. To help teachers, students, community members, legislators, business owners, media, families, neighbors…. Embrace our families who have a loved one with a disability such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I’m no longer fearful of speaking up and outward. For taking the time to help someone in need of my assistance and compassion. I’ve increased my comfort level to live out loud and challenge others to make a difference. I wouldn’t ask you if I wasn’t willing to walk the walk and talk the talk myself. It didn’t occur overnight, but little by little, with support from my family, friends and community I have been able to reach my goals and live with intent in an important aspect of my life.
I also realize I can not wait for others to live with intent. Sometimes we have to be asked or challenged in order to see where change is needed. Sometimes we need others to see our true potential and offer support and a helping hand in that direction.
So today I challenge you to live with intent.
I live with intent and purpose to help uphold UNYFEAT’s mission and help create change in our community on behalf of all child and adults who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I live with intent and purpose to create a safe, loving and accepting community for my children when I am gone. I live with intent and purpose and continue to push the bar higher in classrooms, in regards to the capacity of educators, business owners, legislators, bus drivers, community members, students, parents… UNYFEAT needs your support, our community needs your support, your children need your support and I need your support. Together we can make the difference in the lives of others and create a place we are all truly committed to one another and honored to call community. Julie Buick
risk more than others think is safe,
care more than others think is wise,
dream more than others think is practical,
expect more than others think is possible.