Intention: Return to Your Why

Intention: Return To Your Why“Keep your sight on your goal.” A few weeks ago on the eve of my mother’s move into her retirement apartment following living with my husband and me for a couple of months, I repeatedly returned to my goal of getting her settled in her new place. Meanwhile she repeatedly expressed her preference to continue living here. I knew her staying with us would not address the primary reasons she sold her house; not feeling safe, feeling isolated, and not feeling comfortable driving. The burglary next door to her house left her nervous and our house on a wooded lot in a rural setting didn’t assuage her fear. Plus while we enjoy the privacy of our location, it would feel isolated here without a car. My mother who never enjoyed driving, avoiding it entirely when it snowed, readily gave up her car when she moved here. So my goal focused on her higher good and ours as well, our shared why.

“Direct your energy and intention to who you want to be and where you want to go.”  Where you go and what you do reflect your present state of mind, body, and spirit. Returning to your intention solidifies your commitment and purpose. At this stage I intend to assist my mother while taking care of myself. As a natural giver and “go to” person, this takes practice and repeated “failure.” I often remember but do not always heed the helpful advice I received, “Only do what only you can do.”

“Stay aligned and focused.” Start here but also plan to begin again as needed. Maintaining alignment and focus may require vigilance and a good dose of self-compassion when you detour away from them. Come back to aligned and focused like you return to your breath in meditation. As my mother slowly acclimates to and even enjoys her new living situation, we all reap the benefits of realigning and refocusing on our goal which supported our why.

How do you return to your intentions? What causes you to go off-track?

*The intention quotes come from The Original Angel Card Book – Inspirational Messages and Meditations by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake.


  1. I go off track when I spend too much time doing what I think other people ‘need’ me to do, because like you I am a natural giver and go to person. I too easily give into their requirements of me. I appreciate your blog on returning to your intention today. Couldn’t have come at a better time.


    • Hi Mary Claire,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad my post came at the right time for you. It’s not easy to strike the balance between our needs and those of others especially when we’ve been conditioned to put others first. That’s why setting and returning to intentions works for me, I suppose, transforming an unspoken hope into a plan to actually fulfill it.
      All the best to you,


  2. Hi Christy, While reading, I’m reminded of the challenges my brothers and I faced several years ago. At first resistant, my mother gradually adapted to the retirement home and within a year no longer talked about the house she had lived in for decades. I wish you and your mother a speedy realignment. Joanne 🙂


    • Hi Joanne,
      Thanks for sharing your positive experience. Luckily the retirement community, a place I wouldn’t mind living myself, is growing on my mother quickly. I appreciate your good wishes for a speedy realignment, I’m all in with that prospect!
      Thanks as always,


  3. It’s very easy to go of-track, especially when our attention spans are being programmed to focus on mulitple things at a time…returning to your, ‘why’ is the smart way to keeping focused.

    Thanks for posting


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