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    Soul Rythem

    My good intentions aren’t good enough

    “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” a friend quickly replied when I told her about one more thing that I had intended to do but didn’t. I groaned inwardly at her deadpanning the old Irish saying.

    The well-meaning person that I am feels some days as though I am laying down one brick after another on a road to, let’s say, nowhere.  There are too many things, too many people and too few hours in the day for all that I would like to accomplish. (Yes I recognize that everyone has the same 24 hours I have, and that I obviously need to make some changes in how I allocate my time. I am getting there.)

    I got to thinking about this subject one recent evening when I walked into a reception and saw a former colleague  whom I had meant to call in the days following the death of her husband. I visited her as soon as I heard the news and went to the funeral. But I intended to keep in touch, knowing as I do that it is after the services have been held and the company is gone that a person needs support as well.

    Soon after that, a second incident really had me navel-gazing. Last Sunday I learned that another person in my life has cancer, this time breast cancer. I had not seen her for a couple of months and she had been on my mind on and off for several weeks. I started to call or email her at different times but something would distract me and I didn’t follow through. So when I heard the news, I was floored because the day before was one of those days  I felt an urging to call her—but didn’t.

    One of the reasons these situations raise concern for me is that I believe that thoughts of people don’t just come to us on a whim. There’s a spiritual component to these whispers to our mind. God places people on our hearts for us to be the human representation of  His love.

    How many times have you followed through on a thought to call a relative or friend and found them thrilled to receive your call because it came as a source of sorely need encouragement? Or they have been thinking of you too and didn’t know how to reach you? They were your encouragement.

    “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention,” wrote Kahlil Gibran, noted Lebanese-born poet and philosopher who wrote one of my favorite books, “The Prophet.”

    I believe that. So I’m making a special effort to be present in the moment and more attentive to the promptings of the Spirit that beckons me to connect with specific people at specific times.   I want my good intentions to lead to the places and people God intended for me to reach.


    Anyone you intended to call and haven’t yet? Do it today.

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