Today, pause to check your intentions. Before an activity, interaction, or section of your day, ask yourself, "What is my intention?" Be honest with yourself, and if your answer is not as noble as you had hoped, thank yourself for your humility and honesty and embrace yourself with compassion. Then name an intention that feels healthy and healing and good for yourself and others. If your day is not too busy, you may even want to write down your intention for each next step of your day.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.