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Good Intentions

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions…”

According to Wikipedia, the saying is thought to have originated with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote, “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs” (hell is full of good wishes and desires).  An earlier saying occurs in Virgil’s Aeneid: “facilis descensus Averno (It is easy to go to hell)”.  Whether this statement is true or not, I will let you be the judge.  However, I can honestly say that I have intended to do many things in my life, which I never followed through on…finishing my degree, getting together with my college girlfriend, writing in this blog on a frequent basis, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I guess  this would also include the things that I meant to do but never did. There are also mistakes that have made along the way because I “never intended” to do the wrong thing.

Our intentions (or lack thereof) should give us pause to reflect upon on our past action and inactions: “How could I have done better?”  Let’s face it; there is always room for improvement.  As we look back on another year that is drawing to a close, consider asking yourself how you could have done differently. Once you have answered this question, perhaps you could pick one or two things to work on in the new year ahead.

I can think of a few things.  How about you?


7 responses »

  1. Thank you for making this effort

  2. Excellent ! now when will you finish the book we started in the nineth grade

    • Thank you, Beth and Michele! I appreciate your feedback! Michele, let’s talk about finishing that book the next time we chat.

      • They say confession is good for the soul and confess your sins to one another and I (God) will heal you. I also have left some things undone and need to work on curbing my appetite and disciplining my everyday choices. I definitely have things to work on ….. but we all need to pray for one another and give each other the power to follow our good intentions. Thanks for giving us this format to communicate with each other. God bless you and your family and Happy New Year to all!!!

      • Margie, thanks for your comments! We all have things to work on. It is good to know that we are not alone in our endeavor to improve ourselves. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, too!

  3. Love your writing. Please keep it up and you will encourage all of us to be faithful to our intentions. Love, Donna


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