Question: Make a list of three intentions for your work life today. What difference would these make?
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Transcript of Video:
One of the distinctive features about monastic life is that it’s an intentional life – which is why a community like ours lives by a Rule of Life. We tried to state our intention, the way that we want to live together. And I think this principle of intentionality is important, too, as we consider our work: to be thinking clearly about what is it that I’m being asked to do or called to do, or what is it that I’m inspired to do, and to focus on the things that are essential. In my own experience, I find myself too often just saying “Yes” to a multitude of requests, without really carefully considering whether this is – whether I can really be enthusiastic or intentional and focused on this at this time.
So I think that kind of intentionality needs also times of reflection, times of stepping back and taking a longer view or a bigger view of how this piece of work fits into the overall scheme. So I think almost the busier we get, the more we need these times of reflections; and the more fast-paced our life is, the more we need to find times to slow down and step back and ask ourselves important questions about: is this something that I’m passionate about? Does this really tap into my talents? And is this something that the world really needs? And to ask important, deeper question like that so that we can be more intentional about the work that we’re doing and the way that we’re doing it.
-Br. David Vryhof