I want to make sure I’m not starting the day off doing the wrong thing. It’s like if I start off looking at all the messages on my phone, my whole day is shaped by that. So I’m just trying to be intentional like that. Intentional is a hip cool word people say now that just means that you do something on purpose. The use of it implies that usually we are not doing things on purpose, or rather, we are just falling into a habit. I think a lot about the quote supposedly attributed to Aristotle we had at Oak Park Prep “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” I was very dismissive of this idea bc it was being appropriated to make children act be “disciplined” in a supposed scholastic manner but taken out of that twisted context, it really is true. You are what you do, make a habit out of who you are.