52 Intentional Affirmations:
#15. I have more than enough inner strength to intentionally help me through the tough times! This week I will learn about the life of a true hero
Each week I’m reporting here on my personal experience in implementing my 52 Intentional Affirmations. These are designed to help us be more intentionally mindful of the impact our intentions have on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life. (Click Here to start work on your own 52 Intentional Affirmations).
In a hedonistic world where it is so easy to get caught up with being self indulgent, (which paradoxically can create disengagement from the very relationships you rely on to help you achieve what you want to achieve), taking time out to learn about the life of a true hero can not only provide you with wisdom and insight, it can shake you loose of less meaningful ambitions and get you focused on more purposeful and intentional activities, which again, paradoxically, can help you live a more happy, flourishing and prospeorus life.
This week’s intentional affirmation arrived perfectly aligned with me being handed a gift copy of the new book written by Sue Williams – ‘Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest’.
I have no hesitation in admitting that I have been a long term fan of Father Bob Maguire.
Putting religion aside (as he so often does himself), Father Bob’s life-story is full of clarity of intention and from a very early age, right through to his current reality of being a priest without a parish, tells the story of the power of intentional action in the face of adversity.
This week’s affirmation is about reminding us that we each possess an amazing amount of inner strength and resilience when we can tap into it through aligning with an intention to help others in our life. And as we help others, we grow and flourish in our own life… we develop a greater sense of self-trust, trust in others and others trusting in us.
Without recounting Father Bob’s life-story in this post, suffice it to say that as a child he had to overcome a difficult family situation and when as a youngster he could have very easily got lost in a world of vagrancy and crime, he decided to ensure not only himself, but his classmates would rise above their poverty through forming a club to help others less fortunate to extend their intention of becoming valuable contributors to the community. This set the pattern for Father Bob’s life.
Father Bob tells that he didn’t have a ‘calling from God’, that priesthood just became the most practical way for him to do good in his community. His larrikin approach to life saw him question many aspects of traditional catholicism and often got him into trouble with his peers and the church’s hierarchy because of his continued focus on just getting on with things to help the needy.
I have had some pretty tough moments in my life. Some tragedies I knew were going to happen, and some tragedies that completely came from left field.
However, what I know is this.
When you are clear on your intention for each of your life roles and for the people you impact through your life role relationships, your capacity, to choose with intention your personal character, and to choose with intention your actions and behaviours that represent your character, values and integrity in action increases.
Not all of us are cut out to be as altruistic as Father Bob Maguire, but each of us in our own life roles can positively impact the lives of others within those life-role relationships.
Intention matters, and I was blessed to be handed Sue William’s book on Father Bob Maguire… and bless Father Bob Maguire for all the good he has done and continues to do for the world.