Carrying My Intentions Out the Door

My exercise for Day 25 in the Love Your Life course was to set an intention for my day…and come up with more intentions for future days. This is the kind of creative play that I love.

An intention is a plan, an aim, an intended goal, used to focus thoughts and give guidance. I find it interesting that intention comes from the Latin word “intendere”, meaning stretch, purpose…stretching out a purpose. It seems to suggest action, over time.

I took this idea of writing out intentions and ran with it, and as often happens with me, I created a game to play.

I wrote out 30 intentions and cut them into small strips. I chose intentions such as “Be kind”, “Listen”, and “Find the Story”. The object of this exercise is to be mindful of and carry out the intention over the course of the day. If I draw “Be kind”, I will focus on practicing kindness during the day, and be aware of opportunities to express kindness.

Mike Dooley suggested wearing something or carrying an object to refocus attention if needed. I thought of wearing a wrist band to keep my awareness high. But I came up with a better idea, inspired by a Hobbit.

I bought this Hobbit door necklace several years ago, during my Year of Journeys, when my symbol was a Door. This beautiful door connects me to the Middle Earth stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, where adventures and journeys were key themes. And, it is a locket, making it the perfect receptacle to hold and carry my intentions.

I will select an intention each day, fold it up, place it within my Hobbit door locket, and wear it throughout the day. Having the intention around my neck and near my heart will keep it in my awareness. I can reach up and hold the locket, or open it, any time I wish. In keeping with my belief that I am guided when I play these games, I will select the intentions randomly and trust that the slip of paper I draw is the perfect one for the day ahead.

All I needed was something to hold my slips of paper. I knew exactly what to use, and it continued the Middle Earth theme. I have a collectible box shaped like the city of Minas Tirith, from the final story in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Located in Gondor, Minas Tirith is the city of the King. It is where Aragorn claims his crown and his throne. The city built into the side of a mountain represents hope, strength and life.

This box came with a special edition Return of the King DVD that I purchased. I’ve never used it before. It works well, as the keeper of my intentions. I’ve place the box and the Hobbit door necklace on my dresser, where I begin my day selecting clothes to wear. I will see it easily and draw out an intention before I select a pair of socks. The last item I will put on as I dress for the next 30 days will be my locket.

I may be stretching this purpose way out there, and taking this exercise in a totally different direction. However, I am having fun being inspired in this way and I’m excited to see what unfolds. I am being intentional about intentions. I am playing with the Divine.

Journey 31: Hobbit Door Necklace

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When the door became my symbol for 2015, choosing me as surely as my word, Journey, chose me, I thought it might be difficult to find representations of that symbol. Last year’s symbol, the empty bird cage, was everywhere and easily obtained. And the year before, dragonflies were plentiful. When I saw the scene in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with the acorn, I almost changed my symbol to that brown nut. However, I’ve never done that before, changed symbols once I’ve been given one, and I decided to trust the journey and see how the door showed up in my life. The acorn can be a sub-symbol, if there is such a thing, and while it continues to have significance for me, I am finding that the door symbolism is appearing and with a frequency that is surprising.

I’ve noticed in the years past that major retailers, like Hobby Lobby, have, incredibly, tracked along with my symbol for each year, providing an ample selection of products that I can purchase. Checking out the new spring lines of merchandise recently, I discovered that while there wasn’t an abundance of door products, there also wasn’t any particular theme that was prominent either. Somehow, that made me feel like I was on the right path with my symbol. I purchased a full sized vintage screen door last week, to use in my garden or on my front porch. I’m open to finding other old or interesting doors as well. I have a couple of French doors that used to separate my living room from my dining room that could be repurposed into a new use, and this is the perfect year for that project.

Open doors are showing up in unexpected ways, such as when I shot pics at artCentral last week and captured the apple green front door standing open in such an inviting way. And a recent gift of a journal from a friend, a traveling companion, not only had a representation of a door on the front cover, it also contained the word “door” on the back cover, written in Dwarvish runes. Such occurrences trigger a deep sense of knowing that what I am receiving is absolutely meant for me and are guideposts for my journey, pointing me in the right direction.

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Imagine my delight, then, when I found a necklace with a Hobbit door locket and tiny key attached. Several of my joys combined in one happy item! Even better, I saw the necklace on a Facebook page called Bilbo’s Acorn. How cool is that? It seems so fitting, that the acorn led me to the door. I love the connectedness of all things. Today, while traveling to Arkansas to check on Greg’s dad, I showed Greg a picture of the Hobbit door necklace. Greg ordered the necklace for me this evening, as a late birthday gift! That was unexpected, however, I am thrilled and grateful, and finding there are many unexpected journeys this year as I follow my heart and soul.

The locket actually opens, with the Hobbit sized key, and a picture can be placed within the locket. I will used the photo below, reduced down to miniature proportions, as a reminder that the open door is an invitation to step through….and journey out into the world. Like Bilbo, I am going on an adventure, and the adventure is….amazing!

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