Master of Intention
“Expertise is defined by 10,000 hours of practice.” Malcolm Gladwell
In her latest work Live with Intention maryanne radmacher expands on her beautifully calligraphed phrases in a way that inspires reverence and authentic action. It has taken maryanne two decades to compile every word, every symbol, every quote found tucked among the pages of this collection. For years she has held her intentions deeply within her core (being) and learned through her art, her writing and her living how to reflect on ordinary things to produce extraordinary shifts in her life and the lives of others. As any master, she has mightily practiced to solidify her craft.
It is truly an art form to be able to write simply with depth and complexity. How many of us have struggled with finding that one thing important in our life? In her introduction maryanne writes an intentional poem. It is as if each phrase of the poem portrays a gem strung on a necklace. The continuous strand is shaped by Rumi's wisdom: he says we will be lost if we cannot find that one thing! How beautifully simple to write her intentions and name it your one thing. All at once I am struck with the thought that I too could find my important, one thing and that there is a chance, after all, that I am not lost.
The expansion of each element of the poem becomes a stand-alone chapter that is spirited, fun with conscious reminders of our humanness. Maryanne crafts each phrase drilling down to find the core of the practice. She names "practice wellness” health and "listen hard" spirit. She then weaves the element through the structural lenses of "promises to myself" and reacquaints us with the importance of consistency and courage. The "word birds" tucked within the structure of the book are simple reminders that we too could practice and give wings to our daily thoughts, actions and behaviour. The secret is to hold our own intentions giving us a conscious map of how we wish to reach and stretch. Our intentions are like gems, treasures bringing a rich reality, direction and humility to everyday living.
As I peek above my computer I am perched on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. It is cool, windy and raining on Whidbey Island. Despite the weather I am toasty, comfortable writing at my inside work table. I am also warm and cozy with the thought of meeting maryanne. For over 2 decades I have purchased her beautiful cards, offered her small gift books to well over 250 wellness recipients and bought at least 4 copies of every book she has written. The last few years I have taken her online writing courses. To say the least I am a super fan. Being in her company has allowed me to explore with confidence my own notion of goodness and she has helped guide me toward a richer and more meaningful life. She has helped me navigate that fading away feeling when work life shifts, as I have grown older. She has helped me search for my cracks and encouraged "mud on my words". As the hour nears I wonder what has drawn me to her? I wonder what is in store for us?
Book review written by Donna VanSant
Date right after Live with Intentions was published!