If you are like me, this video was emotionally intense. It may be causing you to rethink decisions you make while driving. I have been like those kids – thinking that there really won’t be a problem if I focus on various other things for short periods of time while driving.
We are all like those kids. Maybe not with texting and driving; but, in other significant areas of our lives where unintentional intentions can distract us from the more important things.
We do things intentionally that have unintended effects. We choose to do something. We don’t expect, or don’t think about, the other things that are affected by the choice. I call this unintentional intentions; or, being unintentionally intentional. Sometimes the unintended effects are harmless; and, sometimes they are disastrous.
Identify Misplaced Priorities
Often times, the unintended effects are the results of misplaced priorities. Texting while driving is a misplaced priority. Driving is more important. The intention to communication should wait.
This example may seem extreme. However, the point is made vividly clear: we have to keep the main thing, the main thing.
Misplaced priorities can be disastrous within our families, in our work place, and amongst those we have community with. When we stop to identify misplaced priorities, we can begin to avoid those unwanted results.
Keep Your Eyes on the Bigger Picture
It is so easy to have tunnel vision, losing site of the bigger picture, focusing only on the specific thing we want at that moment. So, we need to stop and ask ourselves if we are being intentional about the right things at the right time. Could our intentions on one thing cause us to be distracted from something else that should, that must, be more important at that moment.
Stop for a moment to realize that all of your actions are the results of intentions – some that may be misplaced or unintentional intentions. Start to make conscious efforts to look for the bigger picture in the choices (intentions) that you make.
Question: How do you keep your priorities on the right things at the right times?
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