The Road Less Traveled

My Word for 2022: Intentionality

Chas Lyons
4 min readDec 30, 2021


An Enormous Undertaking. What Is Required?

As is customary, here is my “one word to live by” for 2022.

“Intentionality” is not an action to be taken, it is a philosophy of life; it is a way of bringing purpose to the many dimensions of our existence on this planet.

It refers to “the belief that the nature of one’s conscious mental state is determined by its intentionality.” (

The most important arena where we experience intentionality is in our language.

Joan Chittister, author of “Radical Spirit”, writes:

“Life is about language. We must learn to listen. We must learn to speak with all the needs of the world in mind. We are the sum total of what we do to others, for others, because of others. The way we speak to one another…makes us look at ourselves as well as at our attitude toward people around us.”

She continues:

“Our darkness can eclipse another person’s sun. We have something everyone needs from us: a sense of value, a deep-down respect, a genuine admiration, a recognition of their contribution to the world.”

We can bring intentionality to many other dimensions of life — our household, our contemplation, our relationships, to name a few.

Consider these ideas about our households from

“The intentional home is a place of comfort, of consideration, of thoughtfulness. It is a soft place to land, a nesting ground….The intentional home captures our lives in a tangible way. It envelopes the things that give our lives meaning, and it is these things,…like a book whose spine creaks from too much handling,…that bring the intentional home to life.”

An intentional household focuses on things that matter; cleared of clutter. There are homemade items present, from a loaf of bread to those collages created by children. There are cozy places with warm blankets and candles and welcoming calm and relaxation. There is a well-stocked kitchen for making things from scratch. It is a place where we spend quality, meaningful time with the ones we care about.



Chas Lyons

Chas Lyons is a retired CEO and publisher of newspapers. He lives in Rhode Island where he enjoys writing, family, and escaping to a log cabin in Maine.