I’m watching the Biggest Loser. On this episode, the trainers take all of the contestants on a walk up a hill. When they arrive at the top there is a butterfly in a box for each of them. The trainers explain that this is an opportunity to speak their intention. The butterflies are the ultimate representation of transformation. This was an opportunity for them to state the intention out loud. Here were some of their intentions:
- It’s not what I say, its what I do. Even if I can’t express my intention, my actions can.
- To not be concerned about the past anymore
- Learn what it means to to love me and move forward
- Go out and get what you want
- Become more positive and stay positive
- Be the person always wanted to be
Dolvette talked about the butterfly representing bringing their intentions to life and setting them free. One of the contestants said it very well, I believe. She said that you have to give up who you are to become the person you want to be. This really struck me hard. How many times have I stayed somewhere toxic, either physically or emotionally, simply because I wasn’t willing to give up what was in order to make room for what could be? (I’ll give you a hint….it is a lot).
As I look at things as they are now, I wonder, “Am I willing to give up what is now–who I am now–in order to become the person I want to be?” Who is the person I want to be? What is my intention?
Almost instantly I was able to set my intention in my mind. If you know me, you know how unusual that is for me. I take a long time making decisions. I’m very careful about things. I research them out. I play out every different scenario in my head. Perhaps all of these years of not being the person I want to be has been that training ground for me–all of those diets I’ve tried, all of the times I have been unhappy with who I am and what I’m doing–perhaps that was me being careful about my decisions. Perhaps that is what has brought me to where I am today–a place where I can swiftly and surely communicate who it is that I want to be and what my intention for the future is.
And it is simple.
It is my intention to live my life in a way that shows my gratitude for awesome life that I have been given. That honors what I believe God designed me to be. Happy. Healthy. Kind. Talented. I intend to be true to the person I know I am deep down inside. Like the Biggest Loser contestant, Scott, I can’t quite find the right words to express my intention fully. But I know that I can express that intention every day by what I choose to do. My actions will speak to my intention.
It is time to let go of the insecurity. It’s time to let go of the past. It’s time to step out of the shadows and….really step into this intention.
So…. here is my symbolic butterfly.
Are you willing to let go of who you are to be the person you really want to be? I know you can do it! I believe in you. God has something glorious just waiting for you to step up and claim it. Set your butterfly free!