“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?