Bridgetymology – intention

THERE AREN’T ANY MAJOR FLUCTUATIONS IN DEFINITION OVER TIME, IN FACT, THE MEANING OF THE WORD INTENT OR INTENTION HAS REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE OVER TIME, MAINTAINING IT’S DESCRIPTION OF A PURPOSE OR MEANING.

IN THINKING ABOUT THIS, HOWEVER, I’M INTERESTED IN HOW WE APPLY PURPOSE AND MEANING TO OUR OWN LIVES VIA INTENTIONAL LIVING. I LOVE THAT THE ROOT WORDS WITHIN INTENTION COME TOGETHER TO MEAN WITHIN A STRETCHED STRUCTURE. IT MAKES ME PICTURE OUR INTENTIONS AS MEANINGFUL IDEAS WHICH FORM WITHIN THE STRUCTURE OF OURSELVES.

LET’S GO AHEAD AND LOOK DEEPER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS WORD.

TODAY, KESHIIA IS GOING TO BREAK DOWN THE WORD INTENTION

HERE AT BRIDGET, WE’RE HUGE FANS OF EXPANDING OUR VOCABULARY AND BECOMING BETTER COMMUNICATORS. THAT IS WHY TODAY, KESHIIA BREAKS DOWN THE WORD ‘INTENTION’.

define intention

INTENTION COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD INTENDERE OR INTENTIO, BOTH MEANING “STRETCHING OR PURPOSE”. THIS EVOLVED IN THE FRENCH WORD ENTENCION AND THE ENGLISH VERSION: INTEND OR INTENTION.

THE EARLIEST DEFINITIONS OF THE WORDS INTEND AND INTENT CAN BE FOUND AS FAR BACK AS THE EARLY 1300’S. THE LATIN INTENTIO WAS ADOPTED BY THE FRENCH AS ENTENDEN, A VERB MEANING TO “DIRECT ONE’S ATTENTION TO, PAY ATTENTION, GIVE HEED,” ; IN LATIN INTENDERE “TURN ONE’S ATTENTION, STRAIN (IN QUEST OF SOMETHING), BE ZEALOUS,” LITERALLY “STRETCH OUT, EXTEND,” FROM IN- “TOWARD” (FROM PIE ROOT *EN “IN”) + TENDERE “TO STRETCH,” FROM PIE ROOT *TEN- “TO STRETCH.”

THIS DEFINITION ALSO CAME TO MEAN TO “HAVE AS A PLAN, HAVE IN MIND OR PURPOSE” (LATE 14C.) WAS PRESENT IN LATIN. A GERMANIC VERSION FOR THIS WAS ETTLE, FROM OLD NORSE ÆTLA “TO THINK, CONJECTURE, PROPOSE.”

THERE AREN’T ANY MAJOR FLUCTUATIONS IN DEFINITION OVER TIME, IN FACT, THE MEANING OF THE WORD INTENT OR INTENTION HAS REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE OVER TIME, MAINTAINING IT’S DESCRIPTION OF A PURPOSE OR MEANING. IN THINKING ABOUT THIS HOWEVER, I’M INTERESTED IN HOW WE APPLY PURPOSE AND MEANING TO OUR OWN LIVES VIA INTENTIONAL LIVING. I LOVE THAT THE ROOT WORDS WITHIN INTENTION COME TOGETHER TO MEAN WITHIN A STRETCHED STRUCTURE. IT MAKES ME PICTURE OUR INTENTIONS AS MEANINGFUL IDEAS WHICH FORM WITHIN THE STRUCTURE OF OURSELVES.

perspective

I THINK OF FORMULATING AN IDEA INTERNALLY AND FOCUSING ON THAT IDEA AS A GUIDE FOR THE ACTIONS I AM LOOKING TO TAKE.

IN LIGHT OF ALL OF THESE INTERPRETATIONS, I RETURN THE ORIGINAL MEANING AND MY VISUALIZATION OF CREATING IDEAS, PURPOSE, AND MEANING INTERNALLY, THAT OUR INTENTIONS ARE HOUSED WITHIN US AND THAT WE CAN UTILIZE THEM AS GUIDEPOSTS OR BLUEPRINTS FOR HOW WE DECIDE TO TAKE ACTION.  IT’S TRUE THAT INTENTION WITHOUT ACTION MAY BE MEANINGLESS, BUT I WOULD ARGUE THE SAME OF ACTION WITHOUT INTENTION!

SO THE NEXT TIME YOU HAVE A GOAL IN MIND, TAKE YOUR TIME TO FORMULATE AND HONE IN ON THE INTENTION BEHIND THE PROPOSED ACTION. NOT ONLY WILL IT SERVE AS YOUR GUIDEBOOK FOR ACTION, BUT IT WILL ALLOW YOU THE OFTEN NECESSARY PAUSE TO COMPOSE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS INTO ORGANIZED APPROACHES.

KEEP IN MIND THAT GOALS AND INTENTIONS ARE NOT SYNONYMS. A GOAL IS SOMETHING YOU CAN ATTACH EXPECTATION OR EVALUATION TO, WHEREAS AN INTENTION IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COMMIT TO. AN INTENTION IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ALIGN WITH IN YOUR LIFE: THINK OF IT AS AN AIM, PURPOSE, OR ATTITUDE. THEY ARE DEEPLY PERSONAL AND INTANGIBLE. THEY PROVIDE A METHOD OF ALIGNING HEART, SOUL, AND MIND.

OFTEN, IF NOT ALWAYS, INTENTIONS ARE CLOSELY TIED TO YOUR PERSONAL THOUGHTS, VALUES, AND PERSPECTIVES.

CREATING AND REFERRING BACK TO YOUR INTENTIONS ARE THE BEST WAY TO LET THEM GUIDE YOU. CALL YOUR INTENTION TO THE CENTER OF YOUR MIND WHEN YOU’RE FEELING UNGROUNDED AND IN NEED OF RECONNECTING WITH YOURSELF. INTENTIONS CAN SERVE AS AN INCREDIBLE WAY TO HELP YOU RE-CENTER YOURSELF AND OFFER A PERSONAL COMPASS THAT WILL HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR UPS AND DOWNS.

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