Is having “good intentions” enough?
I believe people are inherently good. Even though one of my first memories is of being abducted at three years-old, I grew up believing in the good of humanity.
So why are we living in a world where hate, prejudice, pure acts of evilness are so prominent? I think the answer lies on regular folks like you and I not making a conscious decision to change what needs to be changed!
We all have good intentions. But, what good is an intention if we cannot sustain it?
We mean well when we say that we want a happy family for our children or that we want our company to be built upon strong core values. Yet, we fail to understand the principles of taking our “good intentions” from the realm of imagination to the realm of reality.
We strive to be good, to do good, to stand up for injustice, to build something greater and, as soon buttons are pushed our true colors come to life and, many times, very ugly and dark colors. If our intentions are so good, why can’t we carry them out consistently?
Because it all begins within us. We cannot influence change in the world, if we fail to influence change in ourselves. Gandhi wisely said we need to be the change we want to see in the world.
There are three questions I must answer daily if I want to carry on my good intentions:
- Who do I need to forgive?
- What are the habits I need to overcome?
- What are the things I am holding on to that I need to let go of?
Our good intentions are rooted in our God-given desire to make positive impact in the world. But, unless are we willing to build a peaceful world within us, our intentions are just that…intentions. Energy wasted in the realms of imagination.
Let’s choose growth and transformation!